Microtubules as key cytoskeletal elements in cellular transport and shape changes: their expected responses to space environments
Conrad, G. W., et al. (1992). "Microtubules as key cytoskeletal elements in cellular transport and shape changes: their expected responses to space environments." Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 95 1-2: 45-9
Application of reference standard reagents to alternatively depolymerize or stabilize microtubules in a cell that undergoes very regular cytoskeleton-dependent shape changes provides a model system in which some expected components of the environments of spacecraft and space can be tested on Earth for their effects on the cytoskeleton. The fertilized eggs of Ilyanassa obsoleta undergo polar lobe formation by repeated, dramatic, constriction and relaxation of a microfilamentous band localized in the cortical cytoplasm and activated by microtubules.
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