Large P body-like RNPs form in C. elegans oocytes in response to arrested ovulation, heat shock, osmotic stress, and anoxia and are regulated by the major sperm protein pathway.

@article{Jud2008LargePB,
  title={Large P body-like RNPs form in C. elegans oocytes in response to arrested ovulation, heat shock, osmotic stress, and anoxia and are regulated by the major sperm protein pathway.},
  author={Molly C Jud and Michael J Czerwinski and Megan P. Wood and R. Andrea De Young and Christopher M. Gallo and Jeremy S. Bickel and Emily L Petty and Jennifer M. Mason and Brent A. Little and Pamela A Padilla and Jennifer A Schisa},
  journal={Developmental biology},
  year={2008},
  volume={318 1},
  pages={38-51}
}
As Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodites age, sperm become depleted, ovulation arrests, and oocytes accumulate in the gonad arm. Large ribonucleoprotein (RNP) foci form in these arrested oocytes that contain RNA-binding proteins and translationally masked maternal mRNAs. Within 65 min of mating, the RNP foci dissociate and fertilization proceeds. The majority of arrested oocytes with foci result in viable embryos upon fertilization, suggesting that foci are not deleterious to oocyte function… CONTINUE READING

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