Mutational inactivation of the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) protein initiates most hereditary and sporadic colon cancers. The tumor-suppressive effect of APC is mediated by promoting degradation of the oncogenic transcriptional activator beta-catenin, and loss of APC function often results in nuclear accumulation of beta-catenin in cancer cells. APC is a nuclear-cytoplasmic shuttling protein and moves along microtubules in the cytoplasm. However, the molecular motor proteins responsible for APC translocation and the implications of APC trafficking on beta-catenin turnover are unknown. Here we show that APC protein is associated with microtubules and is colocalized with kinesin heavy chain (KHC) and beta-catenin to clusters of puncta at the tip regions of cellular extensions in a conditionally immortalized mouse colon epithelial cell line, young adult mouse colon (YAMC, APC+/+). Inhibition of KHC expression using an antisense oligonucleotide disrupts peripheral translocation of APC and induces nucleocytoplasmic accumulation of beta-catenin. These data indicate that KHC-mediated APC translocation is tightly coordinated with beta-catenin turnover in the cell.