Female meiosis II and pronuclear fusion require the microtubule transport factor Bicaudal-D.

Vazquez-Pianzola, Paula; Beuchle, Dirk; Saro, Gabriella; Hernández, Greco; Maldonado, Giovanna; Brunßen, Dominique; Meister, Peter; Suter, Beat (2022). Female meiosis II and pronuclear fusion require the microtubule transport factor Bicaudal-D. Development, 149(13) The Company of Biologists 10.1242/dev.199944

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Bicaudal-D (BicD) is a dynein adaptor that transports different cargoes along microtubules. Reducing the activity of BicD specifically in freshly laid Drosophila eggs by acute protein degradation revealed that BicD is needed to produce normal female meiosis II products, to prevent female meiotic products from re-entering the cell cycle, and for pronuclear fusion. As BicD is required to localize the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) components Mad2 and BubR1 to the female meiotic products, it appears that BicD functions to localize them to control metaphase arrest of polar bodies. BicD interacts with Clathrin heavy chain (Chc), and both proteins localize to centrosomes, mitotic spindles, and the tandem spindles during female meiosis II. Furthermore, BicD is required to correctly localize clathrin and the microtubule-stabilizing factors, D-TACC and Msps, to the meiosis II spindles, suggesting that failure to localize these proteins may perturb SAC function. Furthermore, right after the establishment of the female pronucleus, D-TACC and C. elegansBicD, tacc, and Chc are also needed for pronuclear fusion, pointing to the possibility that the underlying mechanism might be more widely used.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Cell Biology

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Vazquez Pianzola, Maria Paula, Beuchle, Dirk, Brunssen, Dominique Yvonne, Suter, Beat (A)


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology




The Company of Biologists




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22 Jun 2022 14:06

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29 Mar 2023 23:38

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

BicD Clathrin Drosophila meiosis Microtubule transport Pronuclear fusion TACC





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