Tetrahymena tubulins and in vitro translation of Tetrahymena RNA

J Protozool. 1979 Aug;26(3):505-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1550-7408.1979.tb04661.x.


Tetrahymena outer doublet tubulin was compared with neurotubulin and Chlamydomonas flagellar tubulin on SDS-polyacrylamide gels. Tetrahymena alpha tubulin did not comigrate with either brain or flagellar alpha tubulins, although brain, flagellar, and ciliary beta tubulins all comigrated. Axonemal tubulin from Tetrahymena strain ST was compared with this tubulin from strains W, S, HSM, and E, and all were found to have the same mobilities. Poly-A containing RNA was separated from whole cell Tetrahymena RNA by oligo-dT cellulose chromatography. Poly-A+ RNA from 24-h cultures (early exponential growth) stimulated greater incorporation of amino acids into polypeptides in the wheat germ cell-free translation system than did poly-A+ RNA from 36-h and 49-h cultures. When separated on SDS-polyacrylamide gels, the translation products of the 24-h poly-A+ RNA had 2 prominent protein bands which comigrated with alpha and beta tubulin isolated from Tetrahymena cilia. These bands were not found in the translation products of poly-A+ RNA isolated from 49-h cultures or in the translation products of poly-A- RNA.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell-Free System
  • Chlamydomonas / analysis
  • Cilia / analysis
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Flagella / analysis
  • Poly A / metabolism
  • Protein Biosynthesis*
  • RNA / metabolism*
  • Tetrahymena pyriformis / analysis
  • Tetrahymena pyriformis / genetics
  • Tetrahymena pyriformis / metabolism*
  • Tubulin / analysis
  • Tubulin / biosynthesis*


  • Tubulin
  • Poly A
  • RNA