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The nuclear structure of insect oocyte is described with reference to interchromatin granule clusters and Cajal bodies. It is suggested that the intranuclear structure is determined by the ovary organization and reflects the sources of oocyte RNA. Inactivated oocyte chromosomes in meroistic ovaries form a karyosphere, and their features are discussed. In(More)
Interchromatin granule clusters (IGCs) are universal nuclear domains. Their molecular composition and functions were studied in detail in somatic cells. Here, we studied IGCs in the nuclei of early mouse embryos during zygotic gene activation (ZGA). We found that the size of IGCs gradually increases during realization of ZGA events. Using immunocytochemical(More)
Spatial interactions between nuclear actin and some proteins of the exon-exon junction complex (EJC) have been demonstrated in the nuclei of early mouse embryos by using Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). FRET has been registered for the pairs actin-Y14, actin–Aly/REF and actin–NXF1/TAP in nucleoplasmic, irregularly shaped zones and in nucleolus(More)
The karyosphere and nuclear bodies (NBs) were studied in Tenebrio molitor oocytes using immunoelectron cytochemistry. During early diplotene (previtellogenic stage), oocyte chromosomes begin to unite in a small nuclear volume forming the karyosphere. In vitellogenic oocyte nuclei, the chromatin undergoes condensation, and the karyosphere acquires a(More)
An oocyte nucleus contains different extrachromosomal nuclear domains collectively called nuclear bodies (NBs). In the present work we revealed, using immunogold labeling electron microscopy, some marker components of interchromatin granule clusters (IGCs) and Cajal bodies (CBs) in morphologically heterogeneous oocyte NBs studied in three hemipteran(More)
Insect oocyte nuclei contain different extrachromosomal nuclear bodies including Cajal bodies and interchromatin granule clusters (IGCs). In the present study, we describe IGC equivalents in the vitellogenic oocytes of the flesh fly, Sarcophaga sp. These structures were found to consist of 20-40-nm granules and also include the fibrillar areas of high and(More)
The embryos from many outbred and inbred strains of mice are arrested at the late 2-cell stage when cultured in vitro in simple culture media. This phenomenon is referred to as the "2-cell block in vitro". The ultrastructural morphology of the nuclei of the blocked embryos is not yet well described. In the present paper we documented the results of a(More)
The structure and composition of the karyosphere (karyosome) capsule of the laboratory insect, Tribolium castaneum, were studied with the use of electron and immunoelectron microscopy. Eight stages that characterized the period of oocyte growth have been established basing on the study of nuclear structure dynamics. At the diplotene stage, T. castaneum(More)
198 In this report, we present the first data on the strucc ture of the extrachromosomal nuclear compartment in the oocytes of Tribolium castaneum, a novel laboratory insect. This object was chosen due to the growing interest of many specialists to it, because T. castaneum is likely to be brought to the leading edge as an experii mental model; the genome of(More)
Spatial distribution of components of nuclear metabolism provides a significant impact on regulation of the processes of gene expression. While distribution of the key nuclear antigens and their association with the defined nuclear domains were thoroughly traced in mammalian somatic cells, similar data for the preimplantation embryos are scanty and(More)