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Commun Integr Biol. 2008;1(1):47-50.

The functional domain grouping of microtubule associated proteins.

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Department of Zoology; University of Oxford; Oxford United Kingdom.

Abstract

Microtubules (MTs), which play crucial roles in normal cell function, are regulated by MT associated proteins (MAPs). Using a combinatorial approach that includes biochemistry, proteomics and bioinformatics, we have recently identified 270 putative MAPs from Drosophila embryos and characterized some of those required for correct progression through mitosis. Here we identify functional groups of these MAPs using a reciprocal hits sequence alignment technique and assign InterPro functional domains to 28 previously uncharacterized proteins. This approach gives insight into the potential functions of MAPs and how their roles may affect MTs.

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Drosophila; MAP; alignment; domain; microtubule

PMID:
19704789
PMCID:
PMC2633798
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