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Cell Motil Cytoskeleton. 1995;31(4):298-306.

Cytoskeleton of the Drosophila egg chamber: new observations on microfilament distribution during oocyte growth.

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Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena, Italy.


The distribution of microfilaments in Drosophila egg chambers stained with rhodamine (Rh)-conjugated phalloidin was studied by laser scanning confocal microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. These techniques revealed new details in the pattern of microfilament localization. We observed in stage 1-3 egg chambers accumulation of filamentous actin in the oocyte cytoplasm between the ring canals connecting the oocyte with adjacent nurse cells. Starting from stages 6-7 short microfilament bundles arranged in basket-like structures were associated with the side of the ring canals facing the nurse cell cytoplasm. We also observed a dramatic decrease in the actin network associated with the cortex of the oocyte in stage 10. During stage 10B the nurse cell cytoplasm was crossed by radial actin bundles that showed a sarcomeric-like cross striation after Rh-phalloidin staining. The ring canals also did not uniformly stain but showed a punctate labeling. The implications of the actin cytoskeleton during oocyte growth are discussed.

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