|Citation||Parma, D.H., Bennett, P.E., Boswell, R.E. (2007). Mago Nashi and Tsunagi/Y14, respectively, regulate Drosophila germline stem cell differentiation and oocyte specification. Dev. Biol. 308(2): 507--519. (Export to RIS)|
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|PubMed Abstract||A protein complex consisting of Mago Nashi and Tsunagi/Y14 is required to establish the major body axes and for the localization of primordial germ cell determinants during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis. The Mago Nashi:Tsunagi/Y14 heterodimer also serves as the core of the exon junction complex (EJC), a multiprotein complex assembled on spliced mRNAs. In previous studies, reduced function alleles of mago nashi and tsunagi/Y14 were used to characterize the roles of the genes in oogenesis. Here, we investigated mago nashi and tsunagi/Y14 using null alleles and clonal analysis. Germline clones lacking mago nashi function divide but fail to differentiate. The mago nashi null germline stem cells produce clones over a period of at least 11 days, suggesting that mago nashi is not necessary for stem cell self-renewal. However, germline stem cells lacking tsunagi/Y14 function are indistinguishable from wild type. Additionally, in tsunagi/Y14 null germline cysts, centrosomes and oocyte-specific components fail to concentrate within a single cell and oocyte fate is not restricted to a single cell. Together, our results suggest not only that mago nashi is required for germline stem cell differentiation but that surprisingly mago nashi functions independently of tsunagi/Y14 in this process. On the other hand, Tsunagi/Y14 is essential for restricting oocyte fate to a single cell and may function with mago nashi in this process.|
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