An unusual membrane system in the oocyte of the ascidian Botryllus schlosseri.


During vitellogenesis, oocytes of Botryllus schlosseri always exhibit an unusual system scattered in the cytoplasm. It consists of an association between a single fenestrated endoplasmic reticulum cisterna and one or a few smooth vesicles (cisterna vesicle association: CVA) containing a dense core facing the cisterna itself. The latter is smooth and… (More)