Spindle pole body (SPB) is the microtubule organizing center (MTOC) in yeast. It plays essential roles during many cellular processes, ranging from mitosis to karyogamy. Here, we used electron cryo-tomography (cryo-ET) and image processing to study SPB and its component purified from the budding yeast. The 3D images and models of SPB at various cell cycle stages were reconstructed by cryo-ET and were analyzed. The results reveal SPB as a cylindrical shaped structure composed of multiple layers. The central layers are arranged with a degree of crystalline order. By using subtomogram averaging methods, we studied the purified "sheet" from over-expressed Spc42p. Our analysis of the SPBs and its components provides new insights into the assembly of this organelle and its cellular function as an MTOC.
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