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H+- and Na+- elicited rapid changes of the microtubule cytoskeleton in the biflagellated green alga Chlamydomonas

  1. Yi Liu
  2. Mike Visetsouk
  3. Michelle Mynlieff
  4. Hongmin Qin
  5. Karl F Lechtreck
  6. Pinfen Yang  Is a corresponding author
  1. Marquette University, United States
  2. Texas A&M University, United States
  3. University of Georgia, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e26002 doi: 10.7554/eLife.26002

Abstract

Although microtubules are known for dynamic instability, the dynamicity is considered to be tightly controlled to support a variety of cellular processes. Yet diverse evidence suggests that this is not applicable to Chlamydomonas, a biflagellate fresh water green alga, but intense autofluorescence from photosynthesis pigments has hindered the investigation. By expressing a bright fluorescent reporter protein at the endogenous level, we demonstrate in real time discreet sweeping changes in algal microtubules elicited by rises of intracellular H+ and Na+. These results from this model organism with characteristics of animal and plant cells provide novel explanations regarding how pH may drive cellular processes; how plants may respond to, and perhaps sense stresses; and how organisms with a similar sensitive cytoskeleton may be susceptible to environmental changes.

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  1. Yi Liu

    Department of Biological Sciences, Marquette University, Milwaukee, United States
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  2. Mike Visetsouk

    Department of Biological Sciences, Marquette University, Milwaukee, United States
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  3. Michelle Mynlieff

    Department of Biological Sciences, Marquette University, Milwaukee, United States
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  4. Hongmin Qin

    Department of Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, United States
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  5. Karl F Lechtreck

    Department of Cellular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, United States
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  6. Pinfen Yang

    Department of Biological Sciences, Marquette University, Milwaukee, United States
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Marquette University (Start up)

  • Pinfen Yang

National Institute of Health (GM110413)

  • Karl F Lechtreck

Marquette University (RCM Growth Incentive Fund)

  • Pinfen Yang

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Jonathon Howard, Yale University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: February 13, 2017
  2. Accepted: September 5, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: September 6, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: September 25, 2017 (version 2)

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© 2017, Liu et al.

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