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dc.contributor.authorMacDougall, Ninaen
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-31T11:47:23Z
dc.date.available2018-01-31T11:47:23Z
dc.date.issued2003en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/28472
dc.description.abstractCell polarity and identity play important roles in the development of many organisms and the correct localisation of key proteins is vital for proper functioning of multicellular systems. mRNA localisation within the cell provides an important means of delivering proteins to their correct site of function within the cell cytoplasm . The importance o f mRNA localisation was first shown almost two decades ago in Ascidian embryos, where the majority of Β-Actin mRNA accumulates in the myoplasm. In chicken fibroblast cells Actin mRNA is localised to the leading edge of the cell, later shown to be essential for cell motility. Further studies include yeast and many multicellular organisms, such as Xenopus, protozoa, plants and Drosophila melanogaster. Drosophila development is regulated utilising asymmetric mRNA localisation on many levels and provides the first symmetry-breaking step in the development of the unfertilised egg. In recent years several exam ples have emerged of mRNA localisation by directed transport along microtubules or Actin using cytoskeletal motors. However, the details of the mechanisms of RNA movement have not been understood fully.This thesis provides exciting new evidence for the mechanisms of mRNA localisation during Drosophila oogenesis and shows that the RNA encoding one key developmental regulator, grk mRNA, uses multiple steps involving motor proteins that transport the cargo along ortholog populations of microtubules within the oocyte. Similar mechanism s o f transcript localisation are likely to be utilised by many other key mRNAs during many stages of development and by diverse organisms.en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis provides exciting new evidence for the mechanisms of mRNA localisation during Drosophila oogenesis and shows that the RNA encoding one key developmental regulator, grk mRNA, uses multiple steps involving motor proteins that transport the cargo along ortholog populations of microtubules within the oocyte. Similar mechanisms of transcript localisation are likely to be utilised by many other key mRNAs during many stages o f development and by diverse organisms.en
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
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dc.subjectAnnexe Thesis Digitisation Project 2017 Block 16en
dc.titleThe mechanism of grk mRNA localisation during Drosophila oogenesisen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
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dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen


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