Early embryos were fixed and stained with Mab F2F4 (green), shown to recognize CYB-3 (Michael, 2016), and DAPI, to illuminate the DNA (blue). Either wild type or par-4 mutant embryos were examined, after 24-hour incubation at 25C (the non-permissive temperature for the it47 allele of par-4). Anterior is to the left in all images. The data presented here reveals previously not shown data that depicts CYB-3 as asymmetrically distributed at the 4-cell stage. These data further support reported findings in Michael, 2016. There is more CYB-3 in the AB cell relative to its sister P1. In 4-cell embryos there is more CYB-3 in the EMS cell relative to its sister, P2. Thus, during P-lineage divisions, CYB-3 is asymmetrically distributed such that the somatic precursor receives more than its germline precursor sister cell. This asymmetry is abolished in par-4 mutant embryos, where all blastomeres contain equivalent amounts of CYB-3.
National Institute of Health R01 GM099825 grant.
Reviewed ByIan Hope
HistoryReceived: March 15, 2017
Accepted: March 16, 2017
Published: March 21, 2017