J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1993, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (10): -.

• Research Articles •    


Xu Shi-xiong   

Abstract: The microtubule organizational changes in the isolated generative cells of Allemanda schottii were followed using immunofluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy. Due to the improved resolution and the lack of out-of-focus flares, the microtubule cytoskeleton of the generative cells could be visualized more clearly than using conventional epifluorescence systems. Immediately after isolation the microtubule cytoskeleton of the generative cells was cage-like composed of longitudinally oriented microtubule bundles. Later, some bundles began to depolymerize and at the same time some smaller bundles appearred. The smaller bundles unlike the longitudinal bundles crisscrossed throughout the cell. Later still, the cells became spherical. Both the longitudinal and the smaller bundles disappearred. At the same time some of the microtubules began to aggregate around the nucleus. These perinuclear microtubules were apparently not very stable, because soon afterwards,they started to disintegrate. By the time the cells became completely spherical,the cytoplasm became filled with diffuse fluorescence indicating that the tubulin was no longer existing in a polymerized form but in a monomeric form inside the cell. After the fuberlin had completely depolymerized the microtubules started to reform. The sequence of events leading to the reformation of the microtubule cytoskeleton in the spherical cells was as follow: A few nucleating centres began to form first. Then the nucleating centres gave rise to microtubule bundles. The bundles extended and aggregated to form a reticulate network. This cytoskeletal network appearred stable and well organized. It also had a lot of microtubule-bundle junctions. The network persisted after Triton X-l00 extraction.

Key words: Isolated generative cell, Microtubule cytoskeleton, AUemanda schottii

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