The nature of the clear zone around microtubules.

Author: Stebbings H, Hunt C.
Conference/Journal: Cell Tissue Res.
Date published: 1982
Other: Volume ID: 227 , Issue ID: 3 , Pages: 609-17 , Word Count: 108

The clear zones seen around microtubules in transverse sections of nutritive tubes vary in size depending on whether a microtubule is bordered by ribosomes or by another microtubule. We consider that such a finding is not consistent with the current view, that the clear zone is maintained by microtubule-associated material. It can, however, be accounted for by an electrostatic repulsion between the surfaces of negatively charged microtubules and between microtubules and ribosomes which are also negatively charged. The experiments presented here, involving on the one hand the addition of cationic substances to microtubules and on the other the alteration in charge of the microtubules, support this hypothesis.
PMID: 6185230