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In Drosophila embryos, microtubules oriented along apical-basal directions support saltatory vesicle movement. Vesicle traffic includes lipid droplets whose distribution shifts twice during early embryogenesis. Using microscopy, optical tweezers, and a novel squashed-mount embryo preparation, we tracked single droplets and measured the forces these(More)
After the 13th nuclear division cycle of Drosophila embryogenesis, cortical microfilaments are reorganized into a hexagonal network that drives the subsequent cellularization of the syncytial embryo. Zygotic transcription of the nullo and serendipity-alpha genes is required for normal structuring of the microfilament network. When either gene is deleted,(More)
In the syncytial blastoderm stage of Drosophila embryogenesis, dome-shaped actin "caps" are observed above the interphase nuclei. During mitosis, this actin rearranges to participate in the formation of pseudocleavage furrows, transient membranous invaginations between dividing nuclei. Embryos laid by homozygous sponge mothers lack these characteristic(More)
Having removed a pigeon's nest, a 20-year-old woman developed pruritic skin lesions due to infestation by the mite Dermanyssus gallinae (De Geer 1778). Parasites from inside the nest are demonstrated by light microscope and by scanning electron microscope. As many mite species may infest humans temporarily, such parasites should be considered a possible(More)
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