Polarity and growth speed of EMTs bridging nucleus and cortex. Green: GFP-AtEB1 (in A-L). (A-F) EMTs exhibit bidirectional growth and microtubule bundling. Note that that the microtubule originating from the nuclear surface (outgoing) and the one coming from the cortex (incoming) cross each other (arrow) and, as in the cortical array, grow with similar speeds without interfering each other (arrowheads) (see 4: Movie 4). (G-L) EMT plus ends radiating mainly in an outward direction from the NE during PPB maturation (see 5: Movie 5). Kymograph projection of microtubule plus ends in the interphase cortex (M), PPB cortex (N) and preprophase cytoplasm (O) showing sustained polymerization. The horizontal axis, d, represents distance (18 μm in M, 13 μm in N and 20 μm in O), and the vertical axis, t, represents time (290 s in M, 140 s in N and 390 s in O). Note that for each of the 3 cases (M-O), the microtubules follow the tracks, exhibit bi-directionality and grow with the same speeds. By comparing the slopes between images M-O, it becomes evident that the microtubule growth speed increases from interphase to the PPB stage, as previously reported . Note that the arrowhead in M shows the crossing of two EMTs growing on the same path at the same time but in opposite directions. Nucleus is marked by 'N', time is indicated in seconds and bars represent 8 μm.
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