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Cell Motil Cytoskeleton. 1993;24(4):245-55.

Interaction of brain mitochondria with microtubules reconstituted from brain tubulin and MAP2 or TAU.

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INSERM Unité 338, Biologie de la Communication Cellulaire, Strasbourg, France.


To explore the behaviour of microtubule-associated proteins, MAP2 and TAU in the interactions of mitochondria with microtubules, an homologous acellular system has been reconstituted with organelles isolated from rat brain. We have established a quantitative in vitro binding assay based on the cosedimentation of 125I-labeled microtubules with mitochondria. We found that binding of microtubules to mitochondria was concentration dependent and saturable. Binding was insensitive to ATP. A comparison of taxol-stabilized microtubules prepared from MAP-free tubulin or tubulin coated with TAU or MAP2 showed that the microtubule-associated proteins diminished, or reduced to background levels, the formation of complexes with mitochondria. In contrast, the amount of MAP-free taxol microtubules that cosedimented with mitochondria increased two- and six-fold when mitochondria were coated with MAP2 or TAU. These studies suggest that the two major brain MAPs could have a crosslinking or a spacing role, depending on their organelle localization.

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