are abundant proteins in eukaryotes, especially in vertebrate brain. Two
main sub types exist a
these form stable dimer complexes that polymerise to form
microtubules. Microtubules are frequently seen to associate and
co-align with actin filaments and bundles in cells. Several proteins that
bind both microtubules and actin microfilaments (e.g. EF-1a,
MAPs). Recently a subtype of b-tubulin,
has been discovered to be an actin-binding protein .
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isotype with actin stress fibers in cultured rat kidney mesangial
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