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FEBS Lett. 1988 Mar 28;230(1-2):142-6.

Identification of the phosphorylated beta-tubulin isotype in differentiated neuroblastoma cells.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas, San Antonio 78284.


The tubulin molecule consists of an alpha- and a beta-subunit, each of which exists in several isotypic forms. It has been previously shown that one of the isotypes of neuroblastoma beta-tubulin is phosphorylated at a serine residue in vivo [(1985) J. Cell Biol. 100, 764-774]. Here we identify the phosphorylated isotype as beta 2 (type III). Moreover, the large size of the phosphorylated tryptic peptide and sequence comparisons of vertebrate beta-tubulins suggest that one of the two serines in positions 444 and 446 is the phosphorylated residue. Our results raise the possibility that beta 2-tubulin differs functionally from the other beta-tubulin isotypes.

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