Cellular distribution of a protein related to neuronal microtubule-associated protein MAP-2 in Leydig cells

Cell Biol Int Rep. 1986 Nov;10(11):881-90. doi: 10.1016/0309-1651(86)90106-2.


A monoclonal antibody to neuronal microtubule-associated protein MAP-2 was produced. Immunoblotting of lysates of cultured cells revealed that the antibody, called MA-01, bound to a protein of Mr 210 kDa. Double immunofluorescence microscopy showed that the antibody stained microtubules. No fibrillar structures were observed in cells treated with Colcemid, but the antibody stained vinblastine paracrystals. In cytochalasin B-treated Leydig cells, MA-01 antibody stained star-like structures that codistributed with actin patches and with a star-like arrangement of vimentin. These observations indicate that the protein immunologically related to MAP-2 in Leydig cells could be involved in the interaction of microtubules with intermediate filaments or microfilaments.

MeSH terms

  • Actins / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Cytochalasin B / pharmacology
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Leydig Cells / cytology*
  • Leydig Cells / drug effects
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / analysis*
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / metabolism
  • Neurons / analysis
  • Swine
  • Tissue Distribution
  • Vimentin / metabolism


  • Actins
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Vimentin
  • Cytochalasin B