RRC ID 5985
Author Yamaguchi M, Biswas SK, Kuwabara Y, Ohkusu M, Shimizu M, Takeo K.
Title The spindle pole body of the pathogenic yeast Cryptococcus neoformans: variation in morphology and positional relationship with the nucleolus and the bud in interphase cells.
Journal J Electron Microsc (Tokyo)
Abstract The spindle pole body (SPB) in the interphase cell of the pathogenic yeast Cryptococcus neoformans was studied in detail by freeze-substitution and serial ultrathin sectioning electron microscopy. The SPB was located on the outer nuclear envelope and appeared either dumbbell- or bar shaped. The dumbbell-shaped SPBs were 228-365 nm long with amorphous spheres on each end, each sphere being 78-157 nm in diameter. The bar-shaped SPBs were 103-260 nm long and 32-113 nm thick. They consisted of filamentous materials. The dumbbell-shaped SPBs were more frequent (61%) than the bar-shaped SPBs. The bar-shaped SPBs may be regarded as dumbbell-shaped SPBs whose spherical parts became sufficiently small. There seemed to be no relationship between the SPB shape and the cell cycle stage of G1-G2, since both types of SPB appeared not only in unbudded cells but also in budded cells and their appearance seems to be random. It is not clear at present whether morphological changes between dumbbell- and bar shapes have any physiological function. The SPB tended to be localized away from the nucleolus (141 degrees +/- 44 degrees), but localized randomly to the bud (97 degrees +/- 50 degrees). The present study highlights the necessity of observing a large number of micrographs in three dimensions to describe accurately the ultrastructure of the SPB in yeast.
Volume 59(2)
Pages 165-72
Published 2010
DOI 10.1093/jmicro/dfp054
PII dfp054
PMID 19861317
MeSH Cell Nucleolus / metabolism Cell Nucleolus / ultrastructure* Cell Size Cryptococcus neoformans / metabolism Cryptococcus neoformans / ultrastructure* Freeze Substitution Humans Interphase* Microscopy, Electron Spindle Apparatus / metabolism Spindle Apparatus / ultrastructure*
Times Cited 2
Pathogenic microorganisms C. neoformans?