Takatani et al. find that a tubulin kinase depolymerizes a subset of microtubules that best align with mechanical stress in plants. In the corresponding mutant, enhanced response to mechanical stress leads to abnormal shapes. In the wild type, the relative inefficiency in microtubule alignment would instead allow global growth averaging.
- NIMA-related kinase
- mechanical stress
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
- General Agricultural and Biological Sciences