Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 19005218
Mol. Biol. Cell 2009 Jan;20(1):556-68
Axis specification during Drosophila embryonic development requires transfer of maternal components during oogenesis from nurse cells (NCs) into the oocyte through cytoplasmic bridges. We found that the asymmetrical distribution of Golgi, between nurse cells and the oocyte, is sustained by an active transport process. We have characterized actin basket structures that asymmetrically cap the NC side of Ring canals (RCs) connecting the oocyte. Our results suggest that these actin baskets structurally support transport mechanisms of RC transit. In addition, our tracking analysis indicates that Golgi are actively transported to the oocyte rather than diffusing. We observed that RC transit is microtubule-based and mediated at least by dynein. Finally, we show that actin networks may be involved in RC crossing through a myosin II step process, as well as in dispatching Golgi units inside the oocyte subcompartments.