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Microinjection of polyclonal sheep anti-vimentin IgGs purified by affinity chromatography into a rat fibroblastoid line leads to a specific reorganization of the cytoskeleton. Immunofluorescence microscopy shows that cytoplasmic microtubules and microfilaments are unaffected by intermediate filaments collapse and are collected into a tight perinuclear cap(More)
Depending on the conditions of the axenic shuttle culture, microplasmodia of the acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum can be subdivided into three classes regarding fine structural organization and protoplasmic streaming activity: (1) spherical and rod-shaped types, (b) ameboid types, and (c) symmetrical types. In ameboid microplasmodia, the motive(More)
Fully polymerization-competent fluorescein-labeled actin from skeletal muscle was microinjected into both normal moving and experimentally treated Amoeba proteus. Its intracellular distribution was followed by integral image intensification of the fluorescence on a television screen and compared with controls injected with rhodamine-labeled serum albumin.(More)
The dynamics of Ca++ during induced pinocytosis were studied in Amoeba proteus using chlorotetracycline (CTC). The fluorescence of the Ca++ - CTC-complex was monitored by an image intensification system, which has certain advantages over standard equipment: (1) Living cells are not subjected to the damaging influence of intensive microscopic illumination,(More)
The fine structural organization of a cortical filament layer in normal locomoting Amoeba proteus was demonstrated using improved fixation and embedding techniques. Best results were obtained after application of PIPES-buffered glutaraldehyde in connection with substances known to prevent the depolymerization of F-actin, followed by careful dehydration and(More)
Microinjection of DNAase I, which is known to form a specific complex with G-actin, induces characteristic changes in cytoplasmic streaming, locomotion and morphology of the contractile apparatus of A. proteus. Light microscopical studies show pronounced streaming originating from the uroid and/or the retracting pseudopods, which ceases 10--15 min after(More)
An actin-modulating protein (AM-protein) isolated from the acellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum and microinjected into living Amoeba proteus causes characteristic changes in cell shape, locomotory behaviour, and organization of the microfilament system of the amebae. The peptide chain weight of the AM-protein, which binds to one actin molecule with(More)
Microinjection of spermine induces cytokinesis of Amoeba proteus. Within 30--60 s after spermine injection cells form one, or less commonly, two cleavage furrows and within the following 4--10 min the constrictions are completed. The resulting nucleated cell parts show normal streaming and locomotion, whereas the non-nucleated cell parts remain stationary(More)
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