Vinblastine induces brain tubulin to assemble into spirals. This process is stimulated by microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) which copolymerize with brain microtubules assembled in vitro. When the carboxy terminal of tubulin is removed by subtilisin digestion, vinblastine readily induces the aggregation of tubulin into spiral-like or circular structures, even in the absence of MAPs. These results suggest that in the absence of MAPs, the carboxy-terminal domain of tubulin may inhibit vinblastine-induced polymerization of tubulin into spiral-like structures.
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