J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2007, Vol. 49 ›› Issue (8): 1192-1198.DOI: 10.1111/j.1672-9072.2007.00518.x

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Cytoskeleton and Early Development in Fucoid Algae

Sherryl R. Bisgrove   

  • Published:2007-08-04

Abstract: Cell polarization and asymmetric cell divisions play important roles during development in many multicellular eukaryotes.Fucoid algae have a long history as models for studying early developmental processes, probably because of the ease with which zygotes can be observed and manipulated in the laboratory. This review discusses cell polarization and asymmetric cell divisions in fucoid algal zygotes with an emphasis on the roles played by the cytoskeleton.

Key words: actin, asymmetric cell division, cell polarization, cytoskeleton, early development, fucoid algae, microtubules, zygote.

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