The beta 2-tubulin isotype of Physarum polycephalum is only 83% identical in amino acid sequence with the constitutively expressed beta 1B-tubulin and the myxamoeba-specific beta 1A-tubulin isotypes. A polyclonal antibody specific for beta 2-tubulin was used to monitor the subcellular distribution of the beta 2-tubulin antigen in the mitotic spindle of the mature plasmodium - the sole microtubular array in that stage of Physarum. By immunofluorescence, the beta 2-tubulin antigen was detected throughout this anastral mitotic spindle, at all stages of mitosis. Physarum myxamoebae contain astral mitotic spindles and cytoskeletal microtubules. No beta 2-tubulin antigen was detected in the myxamoebal stage. However, as cultures of myxamoebae developed into plasmodia, the beta 2-tubulin antigen was found in the astral mitotic spindles and cytoskeletons in developing cells. Thus, the presence of the plasmodial beta 2-tubulin isotype in a mitotic spindle does not determine a closed, anastral mitosis.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of cell science|
|Volume||94 ( Pt 2)|
|State||Published - Oct 1989|