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In mouse testis, the diploid Sertoli cell displays one large nucleolus flanked symmetrically by two heterochromatic masses. The hybridization in situ with [3H]rRNA confirmed that the ribosomal cistrons are localized with in the central nucleolar mass. At the ultrastructural level this nucleolar mass appears to be reticulated and contains numerous fibrillar(More)
Classical electron-microscopic techniques (enzymic digestion, EDTA regressive staining) allied with autoradiographic studies after [3H]uridine incorporation or after RNA synthesis initiated by an exogeneous RNA polymerase in the presence of tritiated GTP, enabled us to describe the fine structure and activity of the nucleolus in an established Drosophila(More)
We have examined directly the expression of one collagen gene (DCg1) during Drosophila melanogaster embryogenesis by means of in situ hybridization. Transcripts of this gene, which were demonstrated to encode a basement membrane type IV collagen chain, began to accumulate specifically in mesodermal derivatives at stages 12-13 of embryogenesis, and not(More)
Selective silver staining demonstrated that autosomal bivalents containing transcriptively active nucleolar organizers associated with the sex vesicle during pachytene of mouse spermatocytes. Later in pachytene, the nucleolar organizers covered the portion of the sex vesicle furthest from the attachment to the nuclear envelope. Hybridization in situ(More)
The localization, structure, and activity of the nucleolus-organizers (NORs) were studied during spermiogenesis in the mouse by light and electron microscopy procedures including NOR-silver-staining and actinomycin D treatment. After the two meiotic divisions the NORs resume their activity during the Golgi phase of spermatid differentiation (steps 1-3), and(More)
By means of immunocytochemistry with a battery of specific antibodies, we describe the expression of the collagen IV chain produced by the gene DCg1 during the two phases of Drosophila neurogenesis. DgC1 was not expressed in neuronal tissues as shown by in situ hybridization, but the onset of its expression in cells of mesodermal origin was concomitant with(More)
Based on data from developmental RNA profiles and in situ hybridization, we report a direct examination of the expression of one collagen gene (Dcg1) during drosophila melanogaster life cycle. These studies show, for the first time, that the expression of a collagen gene is both differential and tissue-specific during the course of development. Moreover,(More)
During meiotic prophase I the nucleolus of the mouse oocyte assumes a reticulate structure of 'nucleolonema' type. This change coincides with the appearance of several secondary fibrillar centres. The number of these centres at diplotene (97-113), largely exceeds that of nucleolar organizers (4c DNA = 20 NORs). The quantitative analysis of autoradiographs(More)
We have used a cloned chicken collagen cDNA sequence to help identify hypothetic members of the collagen gene family from Drosophila melanogaster. Several experimental evidences have been obtained which indicate that the Drosophila genome contains numerous collagen-like sequences. We have characterized in more detail ten distinct DNA sequences that(More)