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Eur J Cell Biol. 1990 Feb;51(1):38-44.

Spindles and centrosomes during male meiosis in Drosophila melanogaster.

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Centro de Biología Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.


We have studied the spatial distribution of chromosomes, spindle fibers and centrosomes throughout the first meiotic division in males of Drosophila melanogaster. There seem to be two different types of spindle fibers: those which connect the poles to the chromosomes, and others arranged as cup-shaped hemispheres that reach from the poles to an unstained area on the equator of the cell. These pole-equator fibers could be responsible for positioning the nucleus and distributing cytoplasmic organelles around the nucleus during prophase, so that after meiosis, the daughter cells are provided with equal amounts of preorganized cytoplasmic organelles. These fibers remain until after the daughter nuclei have formed during telophase. An antigen associated with the centrosomes of mitotic spindles appears during meiosis as dispersed particles surrounding the nucleus; these particles might provide the developing spermatids with microtubule-organizing centers.

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