Colin Hunt

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The enormous numbers of microtubules within the nutritive tubes of hemipteran ovarioles are amenable to the hook-decoration technique for determining microtubule structural polarity, as they can be microdissected from ovarioles intact. This has allowed the correlation between the polarity of this continuously elongating complex of microtubules within a(More)
The clear zones seen around microtubules in transverse sections of nutritive tubes vary in size depending on whether a microtubule is bordered by ribosomes or by another microtubule. We consider that such a finding is not consistent with the current view, that the clear zone is maintained by microtubule-associated material. It can, however, be accounted for(More)
Bundles of native microtubules isolated from the ovarioles of hemipteran insects are seen to shimmer when observed using dark-field microscopy. This novel form of microtubule motility becomes even more obvious when the isolated bundles are detergent-extracted and reactivated. We have studied the nucleotide-specificity and the drug-sensitivity of microtubule(More)
In this study we have applied microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) from mammalian brain to both native and reassembled insect ovarian microtubules. Such microtubules, which are normally smooth walled, become decorated with projections similar to those observed when mammalian brain MAPs are added back to assembling or assembled mammalian brain(More)
Dynein isolated from ciliary axonemes of Tetrahymena is shown to bind in a characteristic fashion as arms to microtubules dissected from the nutritive tubes of insect ovarioles. The microtubules in nutritive tubes are associated with the transport of cytoplasmic components along their length, and the significance of their ability to bind axonemal dynein, to(More)
The movement of radioactively labelled polypeptides into the microtubule-associated transport channels in the ovaries of a hemipteran insect has been analysed using SDS-polyacrylamide slab gel electrophoresis and fluorography. The patterns of label suggest that the microtubules which pack the transport channels form a relatively static cytoskeleton while(More)
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