Meiosis pp 265-276 | Cite as

Microscopy Methods for Analysis of Spindle Dynamics in Meiotic Drosophila Spermatocytes

  • Matthew S. SavoianEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1471)


The spindle is a microtubule-based structure whose remodeling is required for partitioning the chromosomes and cytoplasm during meiosis. Characterizing microtubule behavior is fundamental to understanding how these tubulin polymers contribute to successful cell division. Here, a procedure is described for the imaging and analysis of spindle microtubule dynamics in cultures of living Drosophila melanogaster primary spermatocytes expressing tubulin tagged with enhanced green fluorescent protein. It employs time-lapse scanning confocal microscopy and the photobleaching of fiduciary marks onto fluorescently tagged microtubules. These labels are subsequently used to determine the sites and rates of kinetochore fiber growth and shrinkage during metaphase. This method can be readily applied to different microtubule populations, meiotic stages, and genetic backgrounds.

Key words

Meiosis Kinetochore fiber Microtubule flux Fluorescent protein Time-lapse imaging Live cell imaging Photobleaching 



Differential interference contrast


Enhanced green fluorescent protein


Kinetochore fiber




Numerical aperture


Photomultiplier tube


Region of interest


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Fundamental SciencesMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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