Microtubule arrays in taxol-treated mouse dorsal root ganglion-spinal cord cultures

Edmund B. Masurovsky, Edith R. Peterson, Stanley M. Crain, Susan Band Horwitz

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Exposure of organotypic dorsal root ganglion-spinal cord cultures to taxol, a potent microtubule promoting and stabilizing agent, results in an unusual abundance of microtubules in neurons, and the presence of microtubule-endoplasmic reticulum arrays in their perikarya and processes. Ordered concentric arrays of microtubules alternating with marcromolecular material are observed in dorsal root ganglion neurites. Short linear structures are discernible between some microtubules and the macromolecular material, as well as between microtubules and endoplasmic reticulum cisternae. Analyses of such unusual microtuble arrays in taxol-treated cultures may provide valuable insights into tubulin-related systems in neurons, as well as in other cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-398
Number of pages7
JournalBrain research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 3 1981


  • CNS neurons
  • dorsal root ganglion neurons
  • microtubule arrays
  • microtubules
  • nerve tissue culture
  • taxol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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