Electrical properties of developing oocytes of the migratory locust, Locusta migratoria

Zvi Wollberg*, Ephraim Cohen, Moshe Kalina

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The electrical properties of developing nonfertilized oocytes of Locusta migratoria were studied, using intracellular microelectrodes. The inseries potential of the combined oomembrane and of the follicular cells was about 20 mV in the youngest oocytes. It increased as the oocytes developed and it reached a plateau of about 50 mV before full maturation, generally four to seven oocytes away from the fully‐developed terminal oocyte. Current‐voltage relations were always linear for hyperpolarizing currents. Most oocytes exhibited, however, rectification to outward current. Input resistance values varied with oocyte size from about 5 × 106 ohm for young oocytes to about 0.2 × 106 ohm for the more developed ones. Some oocytes displayed a transient depolarization on turning off a hyperpolarizing step of current. This depolarization was not correlated with the size of the oocyte or with any observed morphological feature. Any two adjacent oocytes were electrotonically coupled. A single ovariole thus represented a longitudinal chain of developing oocytes which were connected electrically. This was supported by electron microscope observations which revealed junctions partially impermeable to lanthanum and gap junctions between the follicular cells themselves and between follicular cells and oocytes. The coupling coefficient was dependent on the direction of current flow. The attenuation of voltage along an ovariole was always greater at the distal than at the proximal side.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-157
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1976


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