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Vertebrate nuclear lamins form a multigene family with developmentally controlled expression. In contrast, invertebrates have long been thought to contain only a single lamin, which in Drosophila is the well-characterized lamin Dm0. Recently, however, a Drosophila cDNA clone (pG-IF) has been identified that codes for an intermediate filament protein which(More)
Morphologically intact nuclei have been prepared from embryos of Drosophila melanogaster by a simple and rapid procedure. These nuclei have been further treated with high concentrations of DNase I and RNase A followed by sequential extraction with 2% Triton X-100 and 1 M NaCl to produce a structurally and biochemically distinct preparation designated(More)
DNA topoisomerase II has been immunochemically identified on protein blots as a major polypeptide component of the Drosophila nuclear matrix-pore complex-lamina fraction. Indirect immunofluorescence analyses of larval cryosections have confirmed the nuclear localization of topoisomerase II in situ. Although apparently excluded from the nucleolus, the(More)
Two major immunocross-reactive polypeptides of the Drosophila nuclear envelope, distinguishable in interphase cells on the basis of one-dimensional SDS-PAGE mobility, have been localized to the nuclear lamina by immunoelectron microscopy. These have been designated lamins Dm1 and Dm2. Both lamins are apparently derived posttranslationally from a single,(More)
The specific light-induced, non-enzymatic digestion of chicken skeletal muscle myosin heavy chain by xanthene dye-conjugated antibodies is reported. The xanthene dye Rose Bengal was conjugated to either a mouse monoclonal anti-myosin primary specific antibody or to goat anti-mouse IgG secondary antibodies. Under our experimental conditions, visible light(More)
A DNA fragment designated lambda 20p1.4 binds in vitro to polymerized Drosophila melanogaster lamin. In situ hybridization of lambda 20p1.4 to isolated polytene chromosomes revealed localization at the chromocenter and to the 49 CD region on the right arm of chromosome 2. About 120 copies of sequences homologous to lambda 20p1.4 were detected per haploid(More)
A high molecular weight polypeptide, identified as an ATPase subunit by direct ultraviolet photoaffinity labeling, has been shown to be a component of nuclear envelope-enriched fractions prepared from a variety of higher eukaryotes (Berrios, M., G. Blobel, and P. A. Fisher, 1983, J. Biol. Chem., 258:4548-4555). In rat liver as well as Drosophila(More)
CRP1, a Drosophila nuclear protein that can catalyze decondensation of demembranated Xenopus sperm chromatin was cloned and its primary structure was deduced from cDNA sequence. Alignment of deduced amino acid sequence with published sequences of other proteins revealed strong homologies to Xenopus nucleoplasmin and NO38. CRP1 is encoded by one or several(More)
Antibodies previously used for immunofluorescence localization of a myosin heavy chain-like polypeptide to the nuclear envelope in higher eukaryotic cells crossreact with both muscle and nonmuscle isoforms of Drosophila myosin heavy chain. Analyses of Drosophila tissue culture cells and premyogenic embryos suggest that it is the nonmuscle isoform that is(More)
The ultrastructure of spermatozoa from the cauda epididymidis and vas deferens of Octodon degus-a Chilean hystricomorph rodent-is presented. The head of spermatozoa measured 7.7 micrometer long by 5.9 micrometer wide and the tail was 41 micrometer long. The head was flattened dorso-ventrally and ovate in outline. The acrosome was the most distinctive(More)