Immunostaining of spindle components in tipulid spermatocytes using a serum against pericentriolar material

Eur J Cell Biol. 1986 Dec;42(2):305-10.


First meiotic division of tipulid (Pales ferruginea) spermatocytes was investigated by double immunostaining with anti-tubulin IgG and scleroderma 5051 serum against pericentriolar material (PCM). PCM-like material became visible in late diakinesis in centrosomal areas as well as in kinetochores. Anti-PCM fluorescence was most pronounced in metaphase and diminished again in anaphase. Displacement of one of the centrosomes from the nucleus at diakinesis in Pales spermatocytes leads to the formation of a bipolar, normally functioning spindle possessing one aster and centriole-free spindle pole (AFP). In about 80% of the AFPs observed there were no traces of anti-PCM staining detectable. This finding supports the assumption based on previous studies that polar PCM is not obligatory for spindle pole formation. The chromosomes seem to be able to induce the organization of a half-spindle. The strong anti-PCM fluorescence of the kinetochores observed here may be taken as further indication of tipulid chromosome autonomy regarding spindle formation.

MeSH terms

  • Anaphase
  • Animals
  • Chromosomes / ultrastructure
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Insecta / ultrastructure
  • Male
  • Meiosis*
  • Metaphase
  • Spermatocytes / ultrastructure*
  • Spindle Apparatus / ultrastructure*