Perinuclear microtubule formation
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary Microtubules (MT) are a feature of all eukaryotic cells. However, they have not been observed in the cytoplasm of the vegetative phase ofAcetabularia acetabulum. Previous investigators have reported that, in the propagative phase, MTs function as anchors in the transport of secondary nuclei to the cap. They also form elaborate arrays around nuclei during cyst formation. The life history ofA. acetabulum is marked by changes in chromatin, the nucleolus, and the perinuclear cytoplasm. In this study light microscopical features of the nucleolus and changes in chromatin, labelled with anti-histon antibodies, were used to define the developmental stages. Anti-tubulin antibodies have been used to trace the origin and development of MTs, MTs are formed on the surface of the primary nucleus. They are organized first into short thick “sticks” and then later elongate into thinner strands which enclose the nucleus in a dense network. Following these events on the surface of the nucleus, the spindle develops inside the nuclear membrane which remains intact throughout the mitotic division.
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