Heterogeneity of tubulin epitopes in mouse fetal tissues

Histochemistry. 1988;89(5):485-92. doi: 10.1007/BF00492606.


A panel of six monoclonal antibodies against alpha (TU-01, TU-03, TU-04, TU-05, TU-09) or beta (TU-13) subunits of tubulin was used to study expression of tubulin epitopes in 14-day-old mouse embryos. Specificity of antibodies was confirmed by immunoblotting experiments. Monoclonal antibodies TU-01, TU-09 and TU-13, like the polyclonal antibody reacted essentially with all tissues, whereas other antibodies displayed differential reactivity. Most notably, TU-03 reacted very strongly with simple epithelia and basal layer of stratified epithelial layers. TU-04 recognized maturation related changes in spinal cord. Reactivity of TU-05 was restricted to central nervous system and peripheral nerves. Present results document immunohistochemical heterogeneity of tubulin in fetal tissues and suggest the existence of maturation and tissue specific epitopes of tubulin in developing organs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal*
  • Epitopes*
  • Fetus / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Gestational Age
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Mice
  • Tissue Distribution
  • Tubulin / immunology*
  • Tubulin / metabolism


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Epitopes
  • Tubulin