Human scleroderma serum 5051, which is known to recognize the amorphous pericentriolar microtubule organizing center material of a variety of vertebrate cells, was found to immunostain spindle poles of meristematic higher plants from pre-prophase to late anaphase. Subsequently, during cytokinesis, staining was redistributed around the reforming telophase nuclei, but was not evident in the cytokinetic phragmoplast. At the transition between telophase and interphase, before the typical cortical interphase microtubule array was established, short microtubules radiated from the nucleus and in such cells the material recognized by 5051 was located around the daughter nuclei and not the cortex. These observations have led us to propose that the perinuclear region, or the nuclear surface, may function as a nucleation center for both spindle and interphase microtubules in higher plant cells.

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