Morphology of Microtubules of Plant Cell

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Science  15 May 1964:
Vol. 144, Issue 3620, pp. 872-874
DOI: 10.1126/science.144.3620.872


The microtubules present in the cortices of plant cells are found to have a wall made up of slender filamentous subunits, probably 13 in number, which have a center-to-center spacing of about 45 angstrom units. Thus the micromorphology of these tubules is similar to that reported for the 9 + 2 fibrils of rat sperm flagella. This structure can be used to account for a primary function of motion attributable to the microtubules.