Two kinesin-related proteins associated with the cold-stable cytoskeleton of carrot cells: Characterization of a novel kinesin, DcKRP120-2

Consuelo Barroso, Jordi Chan, Viki Allan, John Doonan, Patrick Hussey, Clive Lloyd

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    Abstract

    We have previously described the biochemical isolation of 65 kDa and 120 kDa microtubule-associated proteins from carrot cytoskeletons. The 65 kDa MAPs have subsequently been shown to be structural MAPs that reconstitute 30 nm cross-bridges of the kind that maintain cortical microtubules in parallel groups. By exploiting its avid binding to microtubules, we have now devised a method for isolating MAP120 from protoplast extracts, and shown that it has properties of a kinesin-related protein. MAP120 segregates with the cold stable pool of microtubules in carrot cytoskeletons, whilst the 65 kDa MAPs are also associated with the cold-sensitive microtubules. On gradient gels, MAP120 resolves as two kinesin-like bands. We report the isolation of a carrot cDNA, DcKRP120-2, corresponding to a novel kinesin of the BimC class known to move to the plus ends of microtubules. Antibodies raised against specific expressed sequences recognize the upper band, while the lower band is recognized by antibodies to the tobacco kinesin-related protein, TKRP125. We have also isolated a partial genomic carrot DNA, DcKRP120-1, homologous to the motor region of tobacco TKRP125. Immunofluorescence of the two proteins produces different staining patterns. Anti-TKRP125 labels the cortical microtubules and the preprophase band, but anti-DcKRP120-2 does so only weakly. Both clearly stain the spindle and the phragmoplast, but in a proportion of cells anti-DcKRP120-2 strongly decorates the phragmoplast mid-line where the plus ends of the microtubules overlap. We discuss the potential roles of these proteins during the microtubule cycle.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)859-868
    Number of pages9
    JournalPlant Journal
    Volume24
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2000

    Keywords

    • BimC
    • Carrot cells
    • Kinesin-like protein
    • Microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs)
    • Plant cytoskeleton

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