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Dev Genet 1996 Jan 01;193:268-76. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6408(1996)19:3<268::AID-DVG10>3.0.CO;2-W.
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Xenopus poly (A) binding protein maternal RNA is localized during oogenesis and associated with large complexes in blastula.

Schroeder KE , Yost HJ .

Maternal mRNAs are synthesized during oogenesis and often stored for use during early embryogenesis, before the onset of zygotic transcription. The temporal and spatial regulation of maternal RNAs is likely to be crucial mechanism for the establishment of the body pattern. In the course of a study that identified a Xenopus maternal mRNA that is translationally regulated along the dorsoventral axis, several RNAs were found to behave anomalously in polysomal analysis and are further characterized here. As controls for polysome analysis, elF4E RNA and D7.1 RNA were equally translated in both dorsal and ventral cells, whereas the cell-cell signaling factor noggin RNA was not translated in either cell type. Maternal RNAs encoding poly (A) binding protein (PABP), Vg1 and Xcat-2 were associated with large complexes that, in contrast to polysomes, were not dissociated in magnesium-free buffer. Vg1 and Xcat-2 maternal mRNAs have been shown to be localized during oogenesis to the vegetal hemisphere of the oocyte [Rebagliati et al., 1985; Mosquera et al., 1993]. In situ hybridization analysis indicated that PABP RNA was also localized during oogenesis, to the animal hemisphere in stage VI oocytes. This suggests that association of maternal mRNAs with large EDTA-insensitive mRNP complexes is correlated with intracellular localization, but the specific localization within the oocyte is dependent upon the RNA species.

PubMed ID: 8952069
Article link: Dev Genet

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: eif4e gdf1 nog pabpc1 pabpc4

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