Aberrant guanosine triphosphate–beta‐tubulin interaction in Alzheimer's disease

Sabiha Khatoon, Susan R. Campbell, Boyd E. Haley, John T. Slevin

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Guanosine triphosphate (GTP) is an absolute requirement for tubulin polymerization in situ. The nucleotide photoaffinity probe 8‐azidoguanosine 5′‐triphosphate (8N3GTP) has been shown to be a biological mimic of GRP in this system and, also, an effective active site probe of the exchangeable GRP binding site. Using [32P]8N3GTP we demonstrate that the exchangeable GTP site of the beta subunit of tubulin is available to added guanine nucleotide in normal aged brain homogenates, whereas it is variably unavailable in Alzheimer's diseased brain. Inability of 8N3GTP to photolabel beta tubulin appears to be associated with neurofibrillary tangle density. These results support the hypothesis that microtubule formation is abnormal in brains affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-215
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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