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Methods Mol Biol. 2007;392:37-49.

In vitro and in vivo analysis of microtubule-destabilizing kinesins.

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Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA.

Abstract

Cellular microtubules are rigid in comparison to other cytoskeletal elements (1,2). To facilitate cytoplasmic remodeling and timely responses to cell signaling events, microtubules depolymerize and repolymerize rapidly at their ends (3). These dynamic properties are critically important for many cellular functions, such as spindle assembly, the capture and segregation of chromosomes during cell division and cell motility. Microtubule dynamics are spatially and temporally controlled in the cell by accessory proteins. Molecular motor proteins of the kinesin superfamily that act to destabilize microtubules play important roles in this regulation (4).

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17951709
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PMC2908303
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10.1007/978-1-59745-490-2_3
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