Some of eukaryotic elongation factor 2 is colocalized with actin microfilament bundles in mouse embryo fibroblasts

Cell Biol Int Rep. 1991 Jan;15(1):75-84. doi: 10.1016/0309-1651(91)90084-v.


Indirect immunofluorescent microscopy was used to study the distribution of eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (EF-2) in cultured mouse embryo fibroblasts. The perinuclear area (endoplasm) of all the cells and many straight cables running along the whole cytoplasm were stained with monospecific goat or rabbit antibodies to rat liver EF-2. Double staining of the cells with antibodies to EF-2 and rhodaminyl-phalloidin (used for actin microfilament detection) showed that EF-2 containing cables coincided with bundles of actin microfilaments. Not all actin microfilament bundles contained EF-2: sometimes EF-2 was not observed in bundles running along the cell edges or in actin microfilament junctions. Triton X-100 extracted most of EF-2 from the cells and no actin microfilament bundles were stained with the EF-2 antibodies in the Triton-extracted cells. Thus, in mouse embryo fibroblasts EF-2 can be found along actin microfilament bundles, but it is unlikely to be their integral protein.

MeSH terms

  • Actin Cytoskeleton / chemistry*
  • Actin Cytoskeleton / ultrastructure
  • Actins / analysis*
  • Animals
  • Antibodies
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Eukaryotic Initiation Factor-2 / analysis*
  • Eukaryotic Initiation Factor-2 / immunology
  • Fibroblasts
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Immunoblotting
  • Mice


  • Actins
  • Antibodies
  • Eukaryotic Initiation Factor-2