Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 79, Issue 7, pp 593–607 | Cite as

Structural and functional organization of growing tips of Neurospora crassa hyphae

  • T. V. PotapovaEmail author


Data are presented on a variety of intracellular structures of the vegetative hyphae of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa and the involvement of these structures in the tip growth of the hyphae. Current ideas on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of tip growth and regulation of this process are considered. On the basis of comparison of data on behaviors of mitochondria and microtubules and data on the electrical heterogeneity of the hyphal apex, a hypothesis is proposed about a possible supervisory role of the longitudinal electric field in the structural and functional organization of growing tips of the N. crassa hyphae.

Key words

Neurospora crassa tip growth interaction of intracellular structures electrical heterogeneity of hypha 



green fluorescent protein


Mitotracker Red


tip growth


membrane potential


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  1. 1.Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical BiologyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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