Preparing the way: fungal motors in microtubule organization

Trends Microbiol. 2007 Jan;15(1):14-21. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2006.11.007. Epub 2006 Nov 28.


Fungal growth, development and pathogenicity require hyphal tip growth, which is supported by polar exocytosis at the expanding growth region. It is assumed that molecular motors transport growth supplies along the fibrous elements of the cytoskeleton, such as microtubules, to the hyphal apex. Recent advances in live-cell imaging of fungi revealed additional roles for motors in organizing their own tracks. These unexpected roles of the molecular motors are modifying microtubule dynamics directly, targeting stability-determining factors to microtubule plus ends, and transporting and arranging already-assembled microtubules.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cytoskeleton / metabolism
  • Fungi / cytology
  • Fungi / genetics
  • Fungi / metabolism*
  • Kinesin / metabolism
  • Kinetochores / metabolism
  • Kinetochores / physiology
  • Microtubule Proteins*
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / metabolism
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / physiology*
  • Microtubules / metabolism
  • Microtubules / physiology*
  • Molecular Motor Proteins / metabolism*


  • Microtubule Proteins
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Molecular Motor Proteins
  • Kinesin