Diffusion of Bicoid protein in Drosophila melanogaster embryos

Jeffrey Drocco, Princeton University

Recent in vivo fluorescence measurements have made possible the quantification of a concentration gradient of the maternal morphogen Bicoid in D. melanogaster embryos. Here, we present results of a numerical solution of a model that describes the formation of this gradient solely based on diffusion and protein degradation.

Abstract Author(s): Jeffrey A. Drocco and Thomas Gregor, Lewis Sigler Institute, Carl Icahn Laboratories, Princeton University