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Cell Tissue Res. 1987 Jul;249(1):69-77.

The cytoskeleton of isolated murine primitive erythrocytes.


Cytoskeletons of primitive erythrocytes have been isolated from the embryos of day 12 pregnant C57/Bl mice and examined by transmission electron microscopy, immunofluorescence microscopy, and SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Microtubules are the most prominent cytoskeletal component. They are found either singly or organized into loose bundles just under the plasma membrane, but do not form classical marginal bands in most cells. Immunofluorescence with a polyclonal tubulin antiserum confirms this distribution and further reveals numerous mitotic figures among cells. Rhodamine-conjugated phalloidin and heavy meromyosin labeling reveal that actin is localized in the cortex of the primitive erythrocyte in the form of 6 nm filaments. Antibody directed against avian erythrocyte alpha spectrin demonstrates that spectrin is also found in the cortex. Occasional 10-nm intermediate filaments, observed in the primitive erythrocytes by electron microscopy, are believed to be of the vimentin class based on positive reaction of the cells with vimentin-specific antiserum. In addition, a band in erythrocyte cytoskeletons comigrates in SDS-polyacrylamide gels with vimentin isolated from mouse kidney. Spectrin and actin were also found to be associated with the membrane of primitive erythrocytes when membrane ghost preparations were analyzed by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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