The Chlamydomonas Mating Type Plus Fertilization Tubule, a Prototypic Cell Fusion Organelle: Isolation, Characterization, and In Vitro Adhesion to Mating Type Minus Gametes

@article{Wilson1997TheCM,
  title={The Chlamydomonas Mating Type Plus
 Fertilization Tubule, a Prototypic Cell Fusion
 Organelle: Isolation, Characterization, and
 In Vitro Adhesion to Mating Type Minus Gametes},
  author={Nedra F. Wilson and Mary J. Foglesong and William Snell},
  journal={The Journal of Cell Biology},
  year={1997},
  volume={137},
  pages={1537 - 1553}
}
In the biflagellated alga Chlamydomonas, adhesion and fusion of the plasma membranes of gametes during fertilization occurs via an actin-filled, microvillus-like cell protrusion. Formation of this approximately 3-microm-long fusion organelle, the Chlamydomonas fertilization tubule, is induced in mating type plus (mt+) gametes during flagellar adhesion with mating type minus (mt-) gametes. Subsequent adhesion between the tip of the mt+ fertilization tubule and the apex of a mating structure on… CONTINUE READING
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