Cytoskeleton: Microtubules

  • Hartmut Quader
Part of the Progress in Botany book series (BOTANY, volume 59)


A decade has passed since the last survey regarding microtubular research in plant cells and tissue was addressed in this series (Kristen 1986). During that time microtubule research gained from two major advancements: a better three-dimensional resolution of the microtubular arrays by confocal laser scanning microscopy and the commencement of the molecular techniques in this area. Both these techniques led to a new challenging move as regards studies on occurrence, arrangement and function of cytoskeletal elements in plant cells. This progress is reflected by an increase in review articles on particular aspects of this research field (Lloyd 1987,1994; Derksen and Emons 1990; Derksen et al. 1990; Cyr 1991a,b; Hussey PJ et al. 1991; Morejohn 1991; Palevitz 1991; Wada and Murata 1991; Wick 1991a,b; Williamson 1991; Fosket and Morejohn 1992; Lambert 1993; Goddard et al. 1994; Lambert and Lloyd 1994; Cyr and Palevitz 1995). Microtubules can be categorized into four characteristic arrays regarding their arrangement during the life cycle of a plant cell: the array during interphase or in stationary cells, the preprophase band, the mitotic spindle, and the phragmoplast during cytokinesis.


Cortical Microtubule Azuki Bean High Plant Cell Preprophase Band Tubulin Isotype 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hartmut Quader
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Allgemeine BotanikUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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