Interaction of the β IV-tubulin isotype with actin stress fibers in cultured rat kidney mesangial cells

Consuelo Walss-Bass, Veena Prasad, Jeffrey I. Kreisberg, Richard F. Ludueña

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Microtubules and actin filaments are two of the major components of the cytoskeleton. There is accumulating evidence for interaction between the two networks. Both the α- and β-subunits of tubulin exist as numerous isotypes, some of which have been highly conserved in evolution. In an effort to better understand the functional significance of tubulin isotypes, we used a double immunofluorescence labeling technique to investigate the interactions between the tubulin β-isotypes and the actin stress fiber network in cultured rat kidney mesangial cells, smooth-muscle-like cells from the renal glomerulus. Removal of the soluble cytoplasmic and nucleoplasmic proteins by detergent extraction caused the microtubule network to disappear while the stress fiber network was still present. In these extracted cells, the β I- and β II-tubulin isotypes were no longer present in the cytoplasm while the β IV-isotype co-localized with actin stress fibers. Co-localization between β IV-tubulin and actin stress fibers was also observed when the microtubule network was disrupted by the anti-tubulin drug colchicine and also by microinjection of the β IV-tubulin antibody. Our results suggest that the β IV isotype of tubulin may be involved in interactions between microtubules and actin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-207
Number of pages8
JournalCell Motility and the Cytoskeleton
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001


  • Actin stress-fibers
  • Depolymerization
  • Microtubules
  • Tubulin isotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Cell Biology


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