Assembly and dynamics of an anastral:astral spindle: the meiosis II spindle of Drosophila oocytes.

Journal Article

The meiosis II spindle of Drosophila oocytes is distinctive in structure, consisting of two tandem spindles with anastral distal poles and an aster-associated spindle pole body between the central poles. Assembly of the anastral:astral meiosis II spindle occurs by reorganization of the meiosis I spindle, without breakdown of the meiosis I spindle. The unusual disk- or ring-shaped central spindle pole body forms de novo in the center of the elongated meiosis I spindle, followed by formation of the central spindle poles. gamma-Tubulin transiently localizes to the central spindle pole body, implying that the body acts as a microtubule nucleating center for assembly of the central poles. Localization of gamma-tubulin to the meiosis II spindle is dependent on the microtubule motor protein, Nonclaret disjunctional (Ncd). Absence of Ncd results in loss of gamma-tubulin localization to the spindle and destabilization of microtubules in the central region of the spindle. Assembly of the anastral:astral meiosis II spindle probably involves rapid reassortment of microtubule plus and minus ends in the center of the meiosis I spindle - this can be accounted for by a model that also accounts for the loss of gamma-tubulin localization to the spindle and destabilization of microtubules in the absence of Ncd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Endow, SA; Komma, DJ

Published Date

  • September 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 111 ( Pt 17) /

Start / End Page

  • 2487 - 2495

PubMed ID

  • 9701548

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9533

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • England