Visualizing septins in early Drosophila embryos

Manos Mavrakis 1
1 MOSAIC - MOSAIC
FRESNEL - Institut FRESNEL
Abstract : Functional studies in Drosophila have been key for establishing a role for the septin family of proteins in animal cell division and thus extending for the first time observations from the budding yeast to animal cells. Visualizing the distribution of specific septins in different Drosophila tissues and, in particular, in the Drosophila embryo, together with biochemical and mutant phenotype data, has contributed important advances to our understanding of animal septin biology, suggesting roles in processes other than in cytokinesis. Septin localization using immunofluorescence assays has been possible due to the generation of antibodies against different Drosophila septins. The recent availability of lines expressing fluorescent protein fusions of specific septins further promises to facilitate studies on septin dynamics. Here, we provide protocols for preparing early Drosophila embryos to visualize septins using immunofluorescence assays and live fluorescence microscopy. The genetic tractability of the Drosophila embryo together with its amenability to high-resolution fluorescence microscopy promises to provide novel insights into animal septin structure and function.
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Manos Mavrakis. Visualizing septins in early Drosophila embryos. Methods in Cell Biology, Elsevier, 2016, Septins, 136, pp.183. ⟨10.1016/bs.mcb.2016.03.026⟩. ⟨hal-01363925⟩

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