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Mol Biol (Mosk). 2003 Nov-Dec;37(6):1080-8.

[Virions and membrane proteins of the potato X virus interact with microtubules and enables tubulin polymerization in vitro].

[Article in Russian]

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Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology and Biological Department, Moscow State University, Moscow, 119992 Russia.


A study was made of the in vitro interactions of virions and the coat protein (CP) of the potato virus X (PVX) with microtubules (MT). Both virions and CP cosedimented with taxol-stabilized MT. In the presence of PVX CP, tubulin polymerized to produce structures resistant to chilling. Electron microscopy revealed the aberrant character of the resulting tubulin polymers (protofilaments and their sheets), which differed from MT assembled in the presence of cell MAP2. In contrast, PVX virions induced the assembly of morphologically normal MT sensitive to chilling. Virions were shown to compete with MAP2 for MT binding, suggesting an overlap for the MT sites interacting with MAP2 and with PVX virions. It was assumed that PVX virions interact with MT in vivo and that, consequently, cytoskeleton elements participate in intracellular compartmentalization of the PVX genome.

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