Ultrastructure of putative germ granules in the penaeid shrimp Marsupenaeus japonicus

R. M. Grattan, R. J. McCulloch, M. J. Sellars, P. L. Hertzler

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Knowledge about the specification of the germ line in penaeid shrimp would allow development of techniques to control germ cell formation and/or fate to produce reproductively sterile shrimp for genetic copyright purposes. Recent studies have traced the localization of an RNA-enriched intracellular body (ICB) in the putative germ line of four penaeid shrimp species. It is hypothesized that the ICB may serve as a putative germ granule and marker of germ line fate. In this study semi-thin and ultra-thin sections of Marsupenaeus japonicus embryos were prepared, and the dimensions and ultrastructure of the ICB was examined at different stages of embryogenesis. The ICB was an aggregation of electron dense granules, small vesicles and multi-vesicular bodies (MVBs), similar to germ granules from other species. Lamellar membranes and mitochondria were localized at the periphery of the ICB. Using fluorescence microscopy, microtubules were also observed between the centrosome and the ICB. The localization of the ICB in the D lineage and putative germ cell line, the enrichment of RNA in the ICB, and the ultrastructural similarities to other germ granules characterized in this study support the hypothesis that the ICB contains germ granules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-164
Number of pages12
JournalArthropod Structure and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Germ granule
  • Intracellular body
  • Multi-vesicular bodies
  • Shrimp
  • Ultrastructure


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