Differential expression of two gamma-tubulin isoforms during gametogenesis and development in Drosophila

Dev Biol. 1997 Apr 15;184(2):207-21. doi: 10.1006/dbio.1997.8545.


Previous work identified a gamma-tubulin gene, gamma Tub23C, in Drosophila (Zheng et al., 1991). We now report identification of a second gamma-tubulin gene, gamma Tub37CD. Immunoblot analysis and immunolocalization show that gamma Tub37CD and gamma Tub23C are differentially expressed during gametogenesis and development. During oogenesis, gamma Tub23C was detected at centrosomes and in the cytoplasm of mitotic germ cells, but was not detected in germ cells following completion of mitosis. Conversely, gamma Tub37CD was not detected in proliferating germ cells, but appeared to accumulate in germ cells during egg chamber development. Neither gamma-tubulin isoform was detected at the anterior or posterior poles of developing oocytes. During spermatogenesis, only gamma Tub23C was detected at centrosomes, where it showed cell cycle- and differentiation-dependent organization. During the transition into the first meiotic division, gamma Tub23C became organized as a corpuscular focus at centrioles until completion of meiosis II. During postmeiotic spermatid differentiation, gamma Tub23C was detected first as a rod and then as a collar-like structure near the juncture of the nucleus and the elongating flagellum, but was not detected in bundles of mature sperm. The germline-specific CDC25 encoded by twine is required for organization of gamma Tub23C into corpuscular focus in spermatocytes, but not for separation of centriole pairs in M-phase or postmeiotic organization of gamma Tub23C at centrioles. Following reconstitution of a canonical centrosome at fertilization, only gamma Tub37CD was detected at centrosomes in syncytial embryos, but both gamma Tub37CD and gamma Tub23C were detected at centrosomes in cellularized embryos. Colocalization of these two isoforms suggests that gamma Tub23C and gamma Tub37CD both contain structural features of gamma-tubulins essential for localization to centrosomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Cell Cycle / physiology
  • Cell Nucleus / metabolism
  • Centrioles / metabolism
  • Centrosome / metabolism
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA Primers
  • Drosophila / embryology*
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Drosophila / metabolism
  • Drosophila Proteins*
  • Female
  • Gametogenesis*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental*
  • Genes, Insect
  • Insect Proteins / genetics
  • Male
  • Meiosis
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation / genetics
  • Ovary / cytology
  • Salivary Glands / metabolism
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Spermatogenesis
  • Tubulin / chemistry
  • Tubulin / genetics*


  • DNA Primers
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Insect Proteins
  • Tubulin
  • twe protein, Drosophila