PMID: 591580Jan 1, 1977

Behaviour of kinetochore fibres in Haemanthus katherinae during anaphase movements of chromosomes

Journal of Cell Science
R Hard, R D Allen

Abstract

A laser light source along with a new method of preparing endosperm cells of Haemanthus katherinae for differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy has led to increased visibility of kinetochore fibres. Little information is available concerning the behaviour of these fibres during anaphase in living cells. In metaphase, kinetochore fibres are seen as distinct bundles of microtubules, here referred to as 'filaments', extending from the kinetochore to the 'diffuse' pole. They possess an apparent globular substructure which corresponds to the moving 'particles or states' described previously from ciné films. In early anaphase, the filaments of each kinetochore fibre lose their parallel orientation characteristic of metaphase and splay out so that the more peripheral filaments intermingle with those of other kinetochore fibres. This process begins at the poles and proceeds as a wave toward the kinetochores as chromosomal movement progresses. This behaviour has been examined in relation to a number of proposed models for the mechanism of chromosome movement and has been found to place some constraints on some models but to be consistent with any model that hypothesizes that chromosomes move as a consequence of cumulative coh...Continue Reading

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