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Development. 1992 Aug;115(4):989-97.

3' non-translated sequences in Drosophila cyclin B transcripts direct posterior pole accumulation late in oogenesis and peri-nuclear association in syncytial embryos.

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Department of Biochemistry, The University, Dundee, Scotland.

Abstract

We have characterised forms of the Drosophila cyclin B transcript that differ as a result of a splicing event which removes a nucleotide segment from the 3' untranslated region. In oogenesis, both cyclin A RNA and a shorter form of the cyclin B transcript are seen in the cells of the germarium that are undergoing mitosis. The shorter cyclin B transcript alone is then detectable in the presumptive oocyte until stages 7-8 of oogenesis. Both cyclin A RNA and a longer form of the cyclin B RNA are then synthesised in the nurse cells during stages 9-11, to be deposited in the oocyte during stages 11-12. These transcripts become evenly distributed throughout the oocyte cytoplasm but, in addition, those of cyclin B become concentrated at the posterior pole. Examination of the distributions of RNAs transcribed from chimeric cyclin genes indicates that sequences in the 3' untranslated region of the larger cyclin B RNA are required both for it to become concentrated at the posterior pole and to direct those transcripts in the body of the syncytial embryo to their peri-nuclear localisation. These sequences are disrupted by the splicing event which generates smaller cyclin B transcripts.

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