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Unformatted text preview: will be alpha and the other end will be beta. There is also a plus end and a minus end like in microfilaments. 2) A variety of chemicals lead to disassembly of MTs: colchicines, vinblastine, vincristine. A) What effect might you see on an ordinary animal cell if you added these? Movement of organelles within the cell will stop. Cell divison will stop. b) What effect would you see on an algal cell in which cytoplasmic streaming is occurring? No effect: cytoplasmic streaming is due to myosin/actin interactions. 3) Taxol is a compound that prevents the disassembly of MTs, by blocking removal of Tubulin dimmers. Why do u think this has been used as an effective anti-cancer drug to treat different types of cancer? Cancer cells divide frequently and taxol will prevent the spindle from pulling chromosomes into daughter cells....
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This note was uploaded on 09/01/2009 for the course BIO 311C taught by Professor Satasivian during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '08