Mechanisms of Self-Organization of Cortical Microtubules in Plants Revealed by Computational Simulations

@inproceedings{Allard2010MechanismsOS,
  title={Mechanisms of Self-Organization of Cortical Microtubules in Plants Revealed by Computational Simulations},
  author={Jun Allard and Geoffrey O Wasteneys and Eric N. Cytrynbaum},
  booktitle={Molecular biology of the cell},
  year={2010}
}
Microtubules confined to the two-dimensional cortex of elongating plant cells must form a parallel yet dispersed array transverse to the elongation axis for proper cell wall expansion. Some of these microtubules exhibit free minus-ends, leading to migration at the cortex by hybrid treadmilling. Collisions between microtubules can result in plus-end entrainment ("zippering") or rapid depolymerization. Here, we present a computational model of cortical microtubule organization. We find that plus… CONTINUE READING

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