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Identification of proteins binding the native tubulin dimer.

Abstract : Microtubules play an essential role in eukaryotic cells, where they perform a wide variety of functions. In this paper, we describe the characterization of proteins associated to tubulin dimer in its native form, using affinity chromatography and mass spectrometry. We used an immunoaffinity column with coupled-monoclonal antibody directed against the alpha-tubulin C-terminus. Tubulin was first loaded onto the column, then interphase and mitotic cell lysates were chromatographed. Tubulin-binding proteins were eluted using a peptide mimicking the alpha-tubulin C-terminus. Elution fractions were analyzed by SDS-PAGE, and a total of 14 proteins were identified with high confidence by mass spectrometry. These proteins could be grouped in four classes: known tubulin-binding proteins, one microtubule-associated protein, heat shock proteins, and proteins that were not shown previously to bind tubulin dimer or microtubules.
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Vincent Gache, Mathilde Louwagie, Jérôme Garin, Nicolas Caudron, Laurence Lafanechere, et al.. Identification of proteins binding the native tubulin dimer.. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Elsevier, 2005, 327 (1), pp.35-42. ⟨10.1016/j.bbrc.2004.11.138⟩. ⟨inserm-00380209⟩



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