Localization of vasa protein to the Drosophila pole plasm is independent of its RNA-binding and helicase activities.

@article{Liang1994LocalizationOV,
  title={Localization of vasa protein to the Drosophila pole plasm is independent of its RNA-binding and helicase activities.},
  author={Li-ching Liang and William L Diehl-Jones and Paul Lasko},
  journal={Development},
  year={1994},
  volume={120 5},
  pages={1201-11}
}
The Drosophila gene vasa encodes a DEAD-box protein, which is localized during early oogenesis to the perinuclear region of the nurse cells and later to the pole plasm at the posterior end of the oocyte. Posterior localization of vasa protein depends upon the functions of four genes: capu, spir, osk and stau. We have found that localization of vasa to the perinuclear nuage is abolished in most vas alleles, but is unaffected by mutations in four genes required upstream for its pole plasm… CONTINUE READING
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