Xenopus importin beta is an authentic negative regulator of the fusion events in nuclear membrane formation. Addition of His-tagged Xenopus importin beta to a nuclear assembly reaction (+X-β) blocked nuclear membrane fusion, as shown by the lack of a solid nuclear rim stain by the green fluorescent membrane dye DHCC. The block to membrane fusion could be rescued by the addition of RanQ69L-GTP (+X-β +Ran). Where indicated, the added concentrations were 30 μM Xenopus importin beta and/or 40 μM RanQ69L-GTP. DNA was stained with DAPI. These observations are in accordance with experiments done with recombinant human importin beta in nuclear assembly reactions . To better view the membranes, a section of the membrane stain (white dashed box) is enlarged by 3X (right panels). The bar represents 10 microns.
Delmar et al. BMC Cell Biology 2008 9:14 doi:10.1186/1471-2121-9-14