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Influence of monoclonal antibodies on microtubule assembly.
Journal of Neurochemistry
The influence on microtubule assembly in vitro of monoclonal antibodies against microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) was studied. Light scattering was used for measuring net polymer formation and electron microscopy for determining the influence of antibodies on microtubule morphology. Control experiments showed that nonimmune mouse IgG had no effect on either the assembly or appearance of microtubules. The same was true for monoclonal antibodies against MAP1. At low levels, antibodies against MAP2 caused the aggregation of microtubules into bundles, an effect that did not occur with antibodies against any other MAP type studied. At increasing concentrations, anti-MAP2 progressively inhibited tubulin polymerization, producing irregular, shortened filaments. Anti-MAP5 produced a striking fragmentation of microtubules into very short pieces that were otherwise morphologically identical to control microtubules. The different effects of these antibodies show the potential of monoclonal antibodies for investigating MAP function and form an important adjunct to cellular microinjection experiments.
Animals, Antibodies, Monoclonal, Immunoglobulin G, Light, Microscopy, Electron, Microtubule-Associated Proteins/immunology, Microtubules/immunology, Rats, Scattering, Radiation
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