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Evidence against interconversion of microtubules and filaments


MICROTUBULES, hollow cylindrical structures of diameter 250 Å and variable length, consisting of 13 protofilaments (diameter ±40 Å), are now generally accepted as an essential constituent of most eukaryotic cells. They have been implicated in such diverse functions as: maintenance of cell shape, intracellular transport and organisation, movement (particularly slow morphogenetic movement) and control of cell surface topography (for review see ref. 1).

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DE BRABANDER, M., AERTS, F., VAN DE VEIRE, R. et al. Evidence against interconversion of microtubules and filaments. Nature 253, 119–120 (1975).

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