αβ-Tubulin and microtubule-binding assays

Methods Mol Biol. 2011;777:87-97. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-252-6_6.

Abstract

Dynamic instability is a hallmark of the microtubule cytoskeleton. In order to regulate microtubule dynamics in vivo, a varied host of microtubule-associated proteins are mobilized to promote microtubule nucleation, growth, stabilization, catastrophe, depolymerization, rescue, and severing. To confer these various functions, cytoskeletal regulators have highly tuned affinities for tubulin, recognizing the unpolymerized αβ-tubulin heterodimer, dynamic microtubule lattice, stabilized microtubule lattice, or a combination therein. The protocols presented here probe αβ-tubulin and microtubule binding using gel filtration and cosedimentation, respectively.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Chromatography, Gel
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Microtubules / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Swine
  • Tubulin / metabolism*

Substances

  • Tubulin