mRNA localises to the oocyte anterior by random Dynein-mediated transport and anchoring.

Title mRNA localises to the oocyte anterior by random Dynein-mediated transport and anchoring.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsTrovisco, V, Belaya, K, Nashchekin, D, Irion, U, Sirinakis, G, Butler, R, Lee, JJ, Gavis, ER, St Johnston, D
Date Published2016 10 28
KeywordsAnimals, Biological Transport, Active, Drosophila, Drosophila Proteins, Dyneins, Homeodomain Proteins, Oocytes, Ribonucleoproteins, RNA, Messenger, Trans-Activators

<p> mRNA localises to the oocyte anterior from stage 9 of oogenesis onwards to provide a local source for Bicoid protein for embryonic patterning. Live imaging at stage 9 reveals that mRNA particles undergo rapid Dynein-dependent movements near the oocyte anterior, but with no directional bias. Furthermore, mRNA localises normally in , which abolishes the polarised microtubule organisation. FRAP and photo-conversion experiments demonstrate that the RNA is stably anchored at the anterior, independently of microtubules. Thus, mRNA is localised by random active transport and anterior anchoring. Super-resolution imaging reveals that mRNA forms 110-120 nm particles with variable RNA content, but constant size. These particles appear to be well-defined structures that package the RNA for transport and anchoring.</p>

Alternate JournalElife
PubMed ID27791980
PubMed Central IDPMC5125753
Grant ListBB/F010303/1 / / Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council / United Kingdom
R01 GM067758 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
080007 / / Wellcome Trust / United Kingdom
092096 / / Wellcome Trust / United Kingdom
095297 / / Wellcome Trust / United Kingdom
A14492 / / Cancer Research UK / United Kingdom