Проблема самоорганизации верхушки растущей гифы Neurospora crassa
Московский государственный университет имени М. В.Ломоносова, НИИ физико-химической биологии имени А.Н. Белозерского. Россия, 119192, г. Москва, Воробьевы горы, МГУ, тел.: (495) 9395506, факс: (495) 93993181, e-mail: email@example.com
New data are presented on the spatial arrangement of the intracellular structures in the apical end of the vegetative hyphae of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa and the involvement of these structures in the tip growth of the hyphae. With the aid of intacellular fluorescent probes, peculiarities of elongation, branching, septation and nucleus morphology were studied in isolated 400-mkm-long apical fragment of N.crassa hyphae growing for several hours without of influx of the nutrient materials from the mycelium. We found that: (i) the diameter and growth rate of newly developing branches decreased as compared to intact mycelium, but the initial orientation of growth did not change; (ii) the branching rhythm was altered; abnormally long internode distances appeared, and the development of some side-branch buds ceased; (iii) the character of the septation remained unchanged, as well as the hyphal segment length. In hyphae growing for 4.5-5.0 h in the isolation from the whole mycelium, the distance between the tip and the first septum was comparable with the respective value in intact mycelium, whereas the mean distance between the growth tip and the first side branch and the dispersion of this parameter was considerably higher than in intact mycelium. In branches growing in isolation from the intact mycelium for 1.5-4.5 h, the length of the nucleus-free apical zones near the growth tip and the nucleus morphology were similiar to the respective characteristics known for the N.crassa mycelium. On the basis of the comparison of the behaviour of mitochondria and microtubules and the data on the electrical heterogeneity of the hyphal apex, a hypothesis is proposed about a possible supervisory role of the longitudinal electric field in the structural and functional organixation of the growing tips of the N.crassa hyphae. This experimental model can be used for the investigations of the molecular and genetic mechanisms regulating the interactions between intracellular structures involved in the tip growth of Neurospora crassa.
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