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grapes (grp) is a second chromosome (36A-B) maternal-effect lethal mutation in Drosophila melanogaster. We demonstrate that the syncytial nuclear divisions of grp-derived embryos are normal through metaphase of nuclear cycle 12. However, as the embryos progress into telophase of cycle 12, the microtubule structures rapidly deteriorate and midbodies never(More)
In a number of embryonic systems, centrosomes that have lost their association with the nuclear envelope and spindle maintain their ability to duplicate and induce astral microtubules. To identify additional activities of free centrosomes, we monitored astral microtubule dynamics by injecting living syncytial Drosophila embryos with fluorescently labeled(More)
We employ fluorescently labeled dextran beads to follow cycles of nuclear division and nuclear envelope breakdown in living Drosophila embryos. When injected into syncytial Drosophila embryos, 3000 mol wt fluorescently labeled dextran beads concentrate in the interphase nucleus. Through confocal microscopy, undisrupted multiple cycles of nuclear division(More)
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