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FEBS Lett. 1992 Jun 8;304(1):12-4.

HSP70-related 65 kDa protein of beet yellows closterovirus is a microtubule-binding protein.

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Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of Russia, Moscow.


Beet yellows virus (BYV) genome encodes a 65 kDa protein homologous to the HSP70 family of cellular heat-shock proteins (Agranovsky, A.A., Boyko, V.P., Karasev, A.V., Koonin, E.V. and Dolja, V.V. (1991) J. Mol. Biol. 217, 603-610). The respective gene was cloned and expressed in vitro yielding a product of the expected size (p65). This product was found to bind to the purified microtubules with a binding constant of 4 x 10(-7) M. The binding of p65 was stimulated if ATP presented in the translation mixture was hydrolyzed by apyrase. Removal of the short C-terminal domains of alpha- and beta-tubulin by subtilisin digestion abolished the binding, demonstrating its specificity. The possible role of p65 association with microtubules in the movement of virus within and/or between plant cells is proposed.

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