Histone RNA in amphibian oocytes visualized by in situ hybridization to methacrylate-embedded tissue sections.

M. Jamrich, K. A. Mahon, E. R. Gavis, J. G. Gall

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Abstract

We present an in situ hybridization method for detecting cellular RNAs in tissue sections using methacrylate as the embedding medium. The technique offers the advantage of superior morphological preservation compared with previously published procedures. Since sections can be cut 1 micron or less in thickness, full advantage is taken of the short path length of 3H electrons. Applying this procedure to developing amphibian oocytes, we investigated the accumulation and localization of RNA complementary to the histone genes and their adjacent spacers. Histone RNA begins to accumulate in the cytoplasm of late pachytene-early diplotene oocytes, rapidly reaching a maximum concentration during Dumont stage 1. After this stage the concentration of histone RNA declines. RNA transcribed from histone coding regions is located almost exclusively in the cytoplasm of oocytes. Transcripts of the spacer regions, which are known to be synthesized on oocyte lampbrush chromosomes, do not accumulate in the oocytes. [3H]RNA complementary to U2 small nuclear RNA, used in these experiments as a control, hybridized predominantly to the nucleus of the oocytes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1939-1943
Number of pages5
JournalThe EMBO journal
Volume3
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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