Drosophila strain specific response to cisplatin neurotoxicity

Christopher M. Groen, Jewel L. Podratz, Kevin Treb, Anthony J. Windebank

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Drosophila melanogaster has recently been developed as a simple, in vivo, genetic model of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Flies treated with the chemotherapy agent cisplatin display both a neurodegenerative phenotype and cell death in rapidly dividing follicles, mimicking the cell specific responses seen in humans. Cisplatin induces climbing deficiencies and loss of fertility in a dose dependent manner. Drosophila sensitivity to cisplatin in both cell types is affected by genetic background. We show that mutation or RNAi-based knockdown of genes known to be associated with CIPN incidence in humans affect sensitivity of flies to CIPN. Drosophila is a promising model with which to study the effect of genetics on sensitivity to CIPN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018


  • ABC transporter
  • Drosophila
  • chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • cisplatin
  • glutathione
  • neurodegeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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