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Cajal bodies (CBs) are nuclear organelles that occur in a variety of organisms, including vertebrates, insects, and plants. They are most often identified with antibodies against the marker protein coilin. Because the amino acid sequence of coilin is not strongly conserved evolutionarily, coilin orthologues have been difficult to recognize by homology(More)
The germinal vesicle (GV) of Xenopus laevis is an enormous nucleus that contains 18 giant lampbrush chromosomes and thousands of inclusions. The inclusions are primarily of three types: approximately 1500 extrachromosomal nucleoli, 50-100 Cajal bodies, and several thousand B-snurposomes, which correspond to speckles or interchromatin granule clusters in(More)
The germinal vesicle of theXenopus oocyte contains 1500 or more extrachromosomal nucleoli that are assembled on amplified copies of the rRNA genes. Many of these nucleoli have diameters of 10–15 μm, but some are much smaller, ranging down to 1 μm or less. Morphologically the smaller nucleoli or “micronucleoli” resemble the similarly sized B snurposomes, but(More)
Cajal bodies are evolutionarily conserved nuclear organelles that are believed to play a central role in assembly of RNA transcription and processing complexes. Although knowledge of Cajal body composition and behavior has greatly expanded in recent years, little is known about the molecules and mechanisms that lead to the formation of these organelles in(More)
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