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University of California - Berkeley

Microtubule Falls Apart

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Caption: This video shows how the microtubule rapidly peels apart once the growing tubulin cap disappears. This peeling or depolymerization does work inside the cell. A chromosome attached by its kinetochore to a microtubule will be pulled because the kinetochore remains attached to the shortening microtubule as it peels apart.

Credit: Eva Nogales lab, UC Berkeley

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