Dec 10, 1998

Modification of tau to an Alzheimer's type protein interferes with its interaction with microtubules

Cellular and Molecular Biology
C GonzálezR B Maccioni


The microtubule associated protein tau is the main structural component of paired helical filaments (PHFs), aberrant polymers found intracellularly in neurons of brains with the Alzheimer's disease. Glycation is one of the posttranslational modifications that has been found in tau from PHFs, but not in normal brain tau. Studies were carried out with purified tau protein subjected to chemical modifications, in order to further investigate the mechanisms of tau self-association into PHFs. Tau was subjected to modifications affecting reactive lysyl residues, e.g., carbamoylation with potassium cyanate and glycation reaction with glucose. The effects of these modifications to produce functional alterations in tau capacity to bind brain tubulin and to induce microtubule assembly were investigated. Chemically-modified tau and tau of Alzheimer's type exhibited a similar microtubule interaction behavior as analysed by overlay assays, but those were different than normal tau controls. On the other hand, studies of the microtubule assembly kinetics indicated that the reported tau modifications resulted in a loss of its capacity to promote microtubule assembly from purified tubulin preparations. The data on the differences in the electrop...Continue Reading

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