There are two microtubule systems in the posterior silk gland cells. One is a radial microtubule system in which the microtubules run radially from the basal to the apical cytoplasm and in which fibroin globules (secretory granules of fibroin) and mitochondria are arranged along these microtubules, thus composing a "canal system" which is assumed to be responsible for the intracellular transport of fibroin globules. The other is a circular microtubule system in the apical cytoplasm which is composed of bundles of microtubules and microfilaments running in a circular arrangement around the glandular lumen at an interval of approximately 4 mum at the end of the fifth instar. This system is presumably concerned with secretion and/or intraluminal transport of fibroin.
Studies on the posterior silk gland of the silkworm Bombyx mori. VI. Distribution of microtubules in the posterior silk gland cells.
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S Sasaki, Y Tashiro; Studies on the posterior silk gland of the silkworm Bombyx mori. VI. Distribution of microtubules in the posterior silk gland cells.. J Cell Biol 1 November 1976; 71 (2): 565–574. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.71.2.565
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