Kinesin-1 translocation: Surprising differences between bovine brain and MCF7-derived microtubules

Mitra Shojania Feizabadi, Yonggun Jun

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While there have been many single-molecule studies of kinesin-1, most have been done along microtubules purified from bovine or porcine brain, and relatively little is known about how variations in tubulin might alter motor function. Of particular interest is transport along microtubules polymerized from tubulin purified from MCF7 breast cancer cells, both because these cells are a heavily studied model system to help understand breast cancer, and also because the microtubules are already established to have interesting polymerization/stability differences from bovine tubulin, suggesting that perhaps transport along them is also different. Thus, we carried out paired experiments to allow direct comparison of in vitro kinesin-1 translocation along microtubules polymerized from either human breast cancer cells (MCF7) or microtubules from bovine brain. We found surprising differences: on MCF7 microtubules, kinesin-1's processivity is significantly reduced, although its velocity is only slightly altered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-546
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 28 Nov 2014


  • Kinesin-1 translocation
  • MCF7 cell-bovine brain cell
  • Microtubule


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