We report that the Drosophila segmentation gene Kruppel (Kr) is expressed in neural precursor cells, neurons and glia cells at different stages of neurogenesis and that Kr mutants develop aberrant peripheral (PNS) and central (CNS) nervous systems. Expression derived from a Kr minigene rescues the segmentation defects but these embryos continue to lack most of the neural Kr activity. Phenotypic analysis of the rescued embryos indicates that, in addition to overall effects on the PNS and CNS structure via its segmentation role, Kr expression in the nervous system is functionally required for establishing particular neural and glial fates.
Romani, S., Jimenez, F., Hoch, M., Patel, N. H., Taubert, H., & Jäckle, H. (1996). Kruppel, a Drosophila segmentation gene,participates in the specification of neurons and glial cells. Mechanisms of Development, 60(1), 95–107. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0925-4773(96)00603-X