December, 2008
Volume 18, Issue 12

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Volume 18, Issue 12

Microtubules (MTs) have indispensable roles in cellular architecture, movements and division. Linear bundles are a prominent feature of MT arrays in many differentiated cell types such as neurons, and in plant and fungal arrays. The behaviour and organization of MTs within bundles is not well understood. On pp. 580–586, Scott Bratman and Fred Chang examine two emerging mechanisms for maintaining bundles of dynamic MTs: first, MT nucleation from pre-existing MTs by means of g-tubulin-containing complexes; and, second, MT ‘rescue’ by the stabilizing protein CLASP. How the cell senses how many MTs are present in each bundle and how many bundles there are in each cell is still under investigation. Cover design by Philip Paternall.

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