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The primordial germ line is refractory to perturbations of actomyosin regulator function in C. elegans L1 larvae.

Bauer J, Lacroix L, Labbé JC

Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC), Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-ville, Montréal, QC, H3C 3J7, Canada.

Cytokinesis, the separation of daughter cells at the end of mitosis, relies on the coordinated activity of several regulators of actomyosin assembly and contractility (Green et al. 2012). These include the small GTPase RhoA (RHO-1) and its guanine-nucleotide exchange factor Ect2 (ECT-2), the scaffold protein Anillin (ANI-1), the non-muscle myosin II (NMY-2), the formin CYK-1 and the centralspindlin complex components ZEN-4 and CYK-4. These regulators were also shown to be required for maintenance of C. elegans germline syncytial organization by stabilizing intercellular bridges in embryos and adults (Amini et al. 2014; Goupil et al. 2017; Green et al. 2011; Priti et al. 2018; Zhou et al. 2013). We recently demonstrated that many of these regulators are enriched at intercellular bridges in the small rachis (proto-rachis) of L1-stage larvae (Bauer et al. 2021). We sought to assess whether these contractility regulators are functionally required for stability of intercellular bridges and maintenance of the primordial germ line syncytial architecture in L1-stage C. elegans animals. Here we report that temperature-sensitive alleles, RNAi-mediated depletion and latrunculin A treatment are largely ineffective to perturb actomyosin function in the L1-stage primordial germ line.

MicroPubl Biol 2021;2021.

Pubmed ID: 34377962

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