Hired blade: Anchoring complex in plant cells recruits its own katana sword

Researchers from Nara Institute of Science and Technology have found that an anchoring complex in plant cells recruits its own version of the katana sword for cutting microtubules. The Msd1-Wdr8 complex is used to stabilize sites within plant cells where new microtubules are created, before it recruits katanin — an enzyme named after the katana sword — to cut and release new microtubules. This research will inform future studies on cell biology in plants and animals.
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