ATP-induced relative movement between microfilaments and microtubules in myxomycete flagellates

T. Q.P. Uyeda*, M. Furuya

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Permeabilized flagellates of the myxomycete Physarum polycephalum were treated with ATP, and changes in the cytoskeletal organization were examined by fluorescence microscopy. The backbone structure in permeabilized flagellates consisted of a coaligned bundle of microfilaments and microtubules. Treatment of such permeabilized flagellates with ATP caused relative movement between the microtubules and the bundle of microfilaments, so that the microtubules and the microfilaments apparently slid apart. Similar movement was observed using the isolated backbone structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-192
Number of pages3
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1987 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • ATP
  • Microfilaments
  • Microtubules
  • Motility
  • Myxomycete
  • Physarum polycephalum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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