sand dollar egg
Life and Medical Sciences
Cell & Developmental Biology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
The heterogeneity of mitotic microtubules in dividing sea urchin eggs was investigated by indirect immunofluorescence using five anti-α-tubulin (YL1/2, DM1A, E3B8, D2D6, and 6-11B-1) and two anti-β-tubulin (E6B6 and DM1B) antibodies. These antibodies were divided into four classes in regard to the different immunofluorescent staining patterns: class I, which strongly stained both the spindle and aster (YL1/2, DM1A, E3B8 and E6B6); class II, which strongly stained the spindle but weakly stained the aster (D2D6); class III, which stained only the aster (DM1B); and class IV, which did not stain the mitotic apparatus (6-11B-1). These results suggest that tubulin isotypes are distributed differently in the sea urchin mitotic microtubules and that α-tubulin isotype(s) recognized by D2D6 is (are) localized mainly in spindle microtubules, whereas β-tubulin isotype(s) recognized by DM1B is (are) found only in astral microtubules.
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