Overview

microtubule-organizing centre


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(MTOC)

A region of a cell from which radiate microtubules of the cytoskeleton. Most animal cells contain a single MTOC, the centrosome, which is located near the nucleus and is also involved in organizing the spindle during nuclear division (see mitosis). In contrast, a plant cell typically has hundreds of MTOCs, producing girdle-like arrays of microtubules running around the cell's inner periphery.

Subjects: Biological Sciences.


Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »


Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.