Visualization of Actin Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Fixed and Live Drosophila Egg Chambers

  • Christopher M. Groen
  • Tina L. TootleEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1328)


Visualization of actin cytoskeletal dynamics is critical for understanding the spatial and temporal regulation of actin remodeling. Drosophila oogenesis provides an excellent model system for visualizing the actin cytoskeleton. Here, we present methods for imaging the actin cytoskeleton in Drosophila egg chambers in both fixed samples by phalloidin staining and in live egg chambers using transgenic actin labeling tools.


Actin cytoskeleton Oogenesis Nurse cells Microscopy Drosophila 



We would like to thank Andrew Spracklen for his work on the live imaging protocols as well as the actin fixation protocol, and Ding Ye and Fang Lin for advice on using low-melt agarose to embed live egg chambers for imaging. This work was funded by National Science Foundation MCB-1158527.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anatomy and Cell Biology, Carver College of MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

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