Interaction of reduced glutathione with bovine brain tubulin

Asok Banerjee, Mary Ann Jordan, Richard F. Luduena

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Incubation of phosphocellulose-purified tubulin with GSH at 30°C results in an inhibition of colchicine binding activity. GSSG has a protective effect against the GSH-induced loss of colchicine-binding. Incubation of tubulin with GSH at 30°C results in the formation of abnormal tubulin polymers which are insensitive to cold. Such aggregation is insensitive to antimicrotubular drugs. Aggregation is inhibited by GSSG but not by DTT or mercaptoethanol. GSH-induced aggregation is very sensitive to the ionic strength of the assembly medium; both the aggregation and colchicine binding inhibition induced by GSH are inhibited at higher ionic strength. These results indicate a very complex interaction of GSH with tubulin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-512
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 30 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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