Dynamics and regulation of plant interphase microtubules: a comparative view

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2003 Dec;6(6):568-76. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2003.09.011.


Microtubule and actin cytoskeletons are fundamental to a variety of cellular activities within eukaryotic organisms. Extensive information on the dynamics and functions of microtubules, as well as on their regulatory proteins, have been revealed in fungi and animals, and corresponding pictures are now slowly emerging in plants. During interphase, plant cells contain highly dynamic cortical microtubules that organize into ordered arrays, which are apparently regulated by distinct groups of microtubule regulators. Comparison with fungal and animal microtubules highlights both conserved and unique mechanisms for the regulation of the microtubule cytoskeleton in plants.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphatases
  • Animals
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / genetics
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism
  • Interphase / genetics
  • Interphase / physiology*
  • Katanin
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / genetics
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / metabolism*
  • Microtubules / genetics
  • Microtubules / physiology*
  • Models, Biological
  • Plant Cells
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Schizosaccharomyces / cytology
  • Schizosaccharomyces / genetics
  • Schizosaccharomyces / metabolism
  • Xenopus Proteins*


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • CKAP5 protein, Xenopus
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • WVD2 protein, Arabidopsis
  • Xenopus Proteins
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases
  • KTN1 protein, Arabidopsis
  • Katanin