Localization of MPM-2 recognized phosphoproteins and tubulin during cell cycle progression in synchronized Vicia faba root meristem cells.


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MPM-2 antibody reacts with a subset of mitotic phosphoproteins. We followed localization of MPM-2 immunoreactive material and localization of microtubules during cell cycle progression in a highly synchronous population of Vicia faba root meristem cells and isolated nuclei. The MPM-2 antibody labelling showed significant cell cycle dependence. MPM-2 nuclear reactivity was weak and homogeneous in G1 and S phase of the cell cycle and became stronger and heterogeneous during G2, resembling staining of the nuclear matrix, with maximum staining at the G2/M interface. Similarly the staining intensity of nucleoli increased from late G1 phase to nucleoli dispersion in early prophase. During mitosis MPM-2 immunoreactivity was associated with spindle configurations and the brightest signal was localized in kinetochores from prophase to metaphase.