The microtubule cytoskeleton

Cells rely on a cellular skeleton for structural support, just as our body relies on bones. Microtubules are a key component of the cytoskeleton and help cells keep their shape, transport material and complete division. However, unlike bones, microtubules are highly dynamic switching between phases of growth and shrinkage.

 

This fluorescence microscope image shows EB proteins (green) localized to the growing ends of microtubules (red). DNA within the nucleus is stained blue. Our research is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms that control microtubule organization and thereby control cell shape, migration and division.

Rozita Adib and Alessandro Mancini

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