Microtubules polymerized in H2O-Head Splitting

2011-12-30T10:47:45Z (GMT) by Andy Maloney Pranav Rathi
Keep eye on the white circle, micro-tubules splits into two. Just before splitting the tubule curled in a shape sideways. The head part of tubule is stuck; the lower curled part moves to the left, because the lower part is still pushing it. It looks like to me that tubule are elastic but at tight turns/curls (Over few number of protofilaments), they are pretty rigid like a rod and easily break. I think this is what happened here; it took a tight turn/curl and the bond between one protofilament circle and next, breaks, though the break does not have to be shapely between the circles it can have any arbitrary forms.