[Dynamic instabilities in microtubule cytoskeleton. A phase diagram]

Biofizika. 2006 Sep-Oct;51(5):885-93.
[Article in Russian]


Instabilities in the growth and depolymerization of microtubules are considered in the framework of self-organization theory. An extended reaction-diffusion model for the microtubule dynamics has been formulated. A phase diagram of microtubule cytoskeleton has been constructed, which determines the regions of stability for steady and nonstationary solutions of the model. It is shown that the instabilities in microtubule dynamics result from kinetic nonequilibrium phase transitions. On the basis of phase diagram structure, a general classification of the microtubule cytostatic regulatory factors is suggested. The problem of mutual amplification of the activity of cytostatic agents is discussed.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Guanosine Triphosphate / metabolism
  • Hydrolysis
  • Kinetics
  • Microtubules / physiology*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Phase Transition
  • Tubulin / metabolism


  • Tubulin
  • Guanosine Triphosphate