Microtubules play an important role in several cellular functions including cellular architecture and chromosome movement in cell division. Tubulin which polymerizes to form mictobules can be purified to homogeneity and used to raised antisera. Antisera prepared against porcine or chicken tubulin reacts well with mammalian tubulin. We have examined normal and transformed cells of mouse and human origin for microtubules by indirect immunofluorescence methods. Extensive networks of microtubules (MN) are easily detectable in normal and some transformed cells. The fixation procedure employed and the morphology and the cellular attachment properties seem to determine the ease of detection of MN in these cells. Cells derived from tumors and exhibiting several transformed phenotypes contained MN comparable to those of normal cells. Hybrids between transformed mouse cells and normal human cells were examined. They showed a variability in morphology, but all contained MN. These hybrids exhibited several transformed phenotypes. We conclude that in the cell lines we have examined there is no correlation between the transformed phenotypes and the organization of tubulin.

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