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ECB-ART-34946
Cell Biol Int Rep 1983 Oct 01;710:835-42. doi: 10.1016/0309-1651(83)90187-x.
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Effects of cytochalasin B on the cortex of the unfertilized sea urchin egg.

Morton RW , Nishioka D .


Abstract
The peripheral cytoplasm of the unfertilized sea urchin egg contains approximately 18,000 cortical granules. These granules remain monolayered within the normal boundaries of the cortex when the egg is centrifuged at forces sufficient to stratify other intracellular inclusions. Exposure of unfertilized eggs to the microfilament disrupting agent, cytochalasin B (CB) causes the granules to rearrange into several layers and occasionally to undergo exocytosis or break down in situ. When these eggs are centrifuged, the cortical granules are dislodged from the cortex and migrate centrifugally among the densest intracellular components. In addition, cytoplasmic inclusions, which normally are excluded from the cortex, impinge directly upon the egg plasma membrane in CB-treated, centrifuged eggs. These results are consistent with the existence of a microfilamentous network which confines the cortical granules within and excludes other intracellular inclusions from the cortex of the unfertilized egg.

PubMed ID: 6685575
Article link: Cell Biol Int Rep


Genes referenced: LOC100887844