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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)
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)
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)
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)
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