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Microtubules Associated with Simultaneous Cytokinesis of Coenocytic Microsporocytes

Roy C. Brown and Betty E. Lemmon
American Journal of Botany
Vol. 75, No. 12 (Dec., 1988), pp. 1848-1856
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2444739
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Microtubules Associated with Simultaneous Cytokinesis of Coenocytic Microsporocytes
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Abstract

Microtubule arrays associated with simultaneous cytokinesis in the coenocytic microsporocytes of Lonicera japonica and Impatiens sultani were studied by indirect immunofluorescence. The future division planes are not predicted prior to meiosis by either a preprophase band of microtubules or cytoplasmic lobing. Cleavage planes appear to be determined by position of the four haploid nuclei and the development of postmeiotic microtubule systems. Perpendicular second division spindles in Lonicera result in tetrahedrally arranged tetrads while parallel spindles in Impatiens result in tetragonal arrangement. Immediately following meiosis bands of microtubules, the secondary spindles, develop between both sister and nonsister nuclei. These arrays give way to systems of microtubules that radiate equally from each of the four nuclei in the coenocytic sporocyte. Simultaneous cytokinesis is initiated by centripetal wall deposition at the periphery of the sporocyte and proceeds along planes marked by interaction of the opposing arrays of nuclear-based microtubules.

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