How to measure microtubule dynamics?
Straube, Anne (2011) How to measure microtubule dynamics? In: Microtubule Dynamics. Humana Press, Inc., pp. 1-14. ISBN 9781617792519Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-61779-252-6_1
Microtubules are one of the most spectacular features in the cell: long, fairly rigid tubules that provide physical strength while at the same time serving as tracks of the intracellular transport network. In addition, they are the main constituents of the cell division machinery, and guide axonal growth and the direction of cell migration. To be able to fulfil such diverse functions, microtubules have to be arranged into suitable patterns and remodelled according to extra- and intracellular cues. Moreover, the delicate regulation of microtubule dynamics and the dynamic interactions with subcellular structures, such as kinetochores or cell adhesion sites, appear to be of crucial importance to microtubule functions. It is, therefore, important to understand microtubule dynamics and its spatiotemporal regulation at the molecular level. In this chapter, I introduce the concept of microtubule dynamics and discuss the techniques that can be employed to study microtubule dynamics in vitro and in cells, for many of which detailed protocols can be found in this volume. Microtubule dynamics is traditionally assessed by the four parameters of dynamic instability: growth and shrinkage rates, rescue and catastrophe frequencies, sometimes supplemented by pause duration. I discuss emerging issues with and alternatives to this parameter description of microtubule dynamics.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Biomedical Cell Biology
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Publisher:||Humana Press, Inc.|
|Book Title:||Microtubule Dynamics|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-14|
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