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Chromosoma. 1996;104(5):358-66.

A monoclonal antibody against DNA topoisomerase II labels the axial granules of Pleurodeles lampbrush chromosomes.

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Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Theodor-Boveri-Institute (Biocenter), University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg, Germany.

Abstract

By immunizing Balb/c mice with oocyte nuclei of Pleurodeles waltl we obtained a monoclonal antibody, mAb 4A6, that labels distinct globular domains of the lampbrush chromosomal axes of Pleurodeles. These domains are found at corresponding sites of homologous chromosomes, often at telomeric and putative centromeric regions, and appear to be devoid of DNA. Because of these characteristic features it is most likely that the mAb 4A6-positive domains correspond to the central part of the "axial granules" of urodelan lampbrush chromosomes. In immunoblotting analyses mAb 4A6 reacts with a nuclear antigen of approximately Mr 180000 and a structurally nonrelated cytoplasmic protein of Mr 98000, which was not characterized any further. Comparative immunofluorescence and immunoblotting studies with mAb 4A6 and an antiserum against DNA topoisomerase II (topo II) as well as immunodepletion experiments demonstrated that the nuclear 4A6 antigen is topo II. Our results indicate that topo II is not a constituent of a continuous, loop-anchoring scaffold in lampbrush chromosomes of Pleurodeles but, rather, is restricted to the axial granules.

PMID:
8575248
DOI:
10.1007/bf00337225
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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