Reorganization of the insect nervous system during metamorphosis

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During insect metamorphosis there is a substantial reorganization of the central nervous system (CNS) that entails not only neurogenesis and cell death, but also the remodelling of many larval neurons for new roles in the pupa or adult. Accumulating evidence suggests that both steroid and peptide hormones regulate the anatomical and physiological changes which are part of the process. The relative ease with which these events may be investigated at the cellular level suggests that insects may provide useful models for studying postembryonic changes and their hormonal induction in the vertebrate CNS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-319
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Neurosciences
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1986

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