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Mech Dev. 1995 Jun;51(2-3):183-92.

The role of fs(1)K10 in the localization of the mRNA of the TGF alpha homolog gurken within the Drosophila oocyte.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence 66045, USA.


A critical step in Drosophila dorsoventral patterning is the movement of gurken mRNA from the anterior cortex of the oocyte to the oocyte's anterodorsal corner at stage 8 of oogenesis. Such movement is dependent on fs(1)K10. It has been proposed that fs(1)K10 mediates gurken mRNA movement by down-regulating gurken mRNA levels, thus ensuring that gurken mRNA does not saturate its receptors located in the oocyte's anterodorsal corner. In contradiction to this model, we show here--both genetically and immunocytochemically--that GRK protein levels are lower in the anterodorsal region of fs(1)K10 mutant oocytes than in the anterodorsal region of fs(1)K10+ oocytes. From this and other data, we propose a more direct role for fs(1)K10 in the gurken mRNA localization process.

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