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The first cell division in zygotes of the fucoid brown alga Pelvetia compressa is asymmetric and we are interested in the mechanism controlling the alignment of this division. Since the division plane bisects the mitotic apparatus, we investigated the timing and mechanism of spindle alignments. Centrosomes, which give rise to spindle poles, aligned with the(More)
The relative contributions of cell polarity and nuclear position in specifying the plane of asymmetric division in fucoid zygotes were investigated. In zygotes developing normally, telophase nuclei were positioned parallel to the polar growth axis, and the division plane bisected both axes. To assess division plane specification, the colinearity of the(More)
The ability of roots to navigate around rocks and other debris as they grow through the soil requires a mechanism for detecting and responding to input from both touch and gravity sensing systems. The microtubule associated protein END BINDING 1b (EB1b) is involved in this process as mutants have defects responding to combinations of touch and gravity cues.(More)
Cell polarization and asymmetric cell divisions play important roles during development in many multicellular eukaryotes. Fucoid algae have a long history as models for studying early developmental processes, probably because of the ease with which zygotes can be observed and manipulated in the laboratory. This review discusses cell polarization and(More)
The ability of roots to penetrate through the soil and maneuver around rocks and other impenetrable objects requires a system for modulating output from mechanosensory response networks. The microtubule-associated protein END BINDING1b (EB1b) has a role in this process; it represses root responses to mechanical cues. In this study, a possible relationship(More)
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