The genetically inactive stage 6 oocyte nuclei of Rana temporaria contain certain nuclear bodies that label with nucleolus-specific and coiled body (CB)-specific antibodies. We designate them multicomponent bodies (MCBs) to reflect their mixed composition. Morphologically, each MCB contains five distinct zones: zone I composed of electron-dense fibrils similar to the dense fibrillar component (DFC) of the typical eukaryotic nucleoli; zone II resembled the fibrillar material of the inactive agranular nucleoli of stage 6 oocytes; zone III consisted of fine filamentous material corresponding to the fibrillar center (FC) of lower electron density seen in the typical nucleoli; and zones IV and V contained packed coiled threads typical of CBs. Of these, zone IV was seen in the interior of MCBs and contained tightly packed coiled threads (20 nm thick), while zone V occurred at the periphery and consisted of similar threads but loosely packed and electron dense. The material of both zones IV and V resembled that of CBs. To determine the composition of these zones, we extracted oocytes with a buffer that removes chromatin and most of the soluble proteins and processed them for immunogold labeling with a variety of antibodies. Anti-p80 coilin antibody predominantly labeled zone IV and, to a lesser extent, zone V. Anti-snRNP antibody also showed a similar labeling pattern. Anti-fibrillarin antibody predominantly labeled zone I and to a lesser extent zones IV and V. Anti-B23 antibody labeled all zones. These observations suggest that MCBs contain both nucleolar and CB material. We postulate that MCBs represent storage structures which provide material needed for the early stage of embryogenesis. The demonstration of MCBs further supports the close interrelationship between nucleoli and CBs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cell Biology