La-related protein 6 (Larp6) is a conserved RNA-binding protein found across eukaryotes that has been suggested to regulate collagen biogenesis, muscle development, ciliogenesis, and various aspects of cell proliferation and migration. Zebrafish have two Larp6 family genes: Larp6a and larp6b. Viable and fertile single and double homozygous larp6a and larp6b zygotic mutants revealed no defects in muscle structure, and were indistinguishable from heterozygous or wild-type siblings. However, larp6amutant females produced eggswith chorions that failed to elevate fully and were fragile. Eggs from larp6b single mutant females showedminor chorion defects, but chorions from eggs laid by larp6a;larp6b double mutant females were more defective than those from larp6a single mutants. Electron microscopy revealed defective chorionogenesis during oocyte development. Despite this, maternal zygotic single and double mutants were viable and fertile. Mass spectrometry analysis provided a description of chorion protein composition and revealed significant reductions in a subset of zona pellucida and lectin-type proteins between wild-type and mutant chorions that paralleled the severity of the phenotype. We conclude that Larp6 proteins are required for normal oocyte development, chorion formation and egg activation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberdev187385
JournalDevelopment (Cambridge, England)
Issue number4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2020


  • Chorion
  • Knockout
  • Larp6
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Maternal effect
  • Oocyte
  • Zebrafish


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