Pedro Ripoll

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Mutations at abnormal spindle result in abnormally long and wavy microtubules in the meiotic spindles of males. Some of these spindles have a single pole and take the form of unopposed hemi-spindles. Unfertilised eggs produced by homozygous asp females may have either no nuclei, or a small number of large nuclei, consistent with there also being an effect(More)
Cytological and cytogenetic studies have previously defined the region needed for centromeric function in the Y chromosome of Drosophila melanogaster. We have identified a YAC clone that originated from this region. Molecular analysis of the YAC and genomic DNAs has allowed the description of a satellite DNA made of telomeric HeT-A- and TART-derived(More)
We have studied the spatial distribution of chromosomes, spindle fibers and centrosomes throughout the first meiotic division in males of Drosophila melanogaster. There seem to be two different types of spindle fibers: those which connect the poles to the chromosomes, and others arranged as cup-shaped hemispheres that reach from the poles to an unstained(More)
Normal distribution of chromosomes to daughter cells is insured by the proper functioning of the spindle. Homozygosity for a semi-lethal mutation of Drosophila melanogaster (abnormal spindle) altering this structure has the following effects: the mitotic cycle is arrested in metaphase, leading to a high frequency of polyploid cells; sex chromosome(More)
Mutation in the gene merry-go-round (mgr) of Drosophila causes a variety of phenotypic traits in somatic and germinal tissues, such as polyploid cells, metaphasic arrest, postmeiotic cysts with 16 nuclei, and spermatids with four times the normal chromosome content. The most characteristic phenotype is the appearance of mitotic and meiotic figures where all(More)
We have studied two aspects of the process of sister chromatid separation in the Drosophila melanogaster neuroblasts. First, we analyzed the requirement of a functional spindle for sister chromatid separation to take place using microtubule depolymerizing drugs such as colchicine or a reversible analogue (MTC). Incubation of this tissue in colchicine causes(More)
A striking characteristic of the centromeric heterochromatin of Drosophila melanogaster is that each chromosome carries different satellite DNA sequences. Here we show that while the major component of the 1.688 satellite DNA family expands across the centromere of the X chromosome the rest of the minor variants are located at pericentromeric positions in(More)