Heterogeneous distribution and organization of cytoskeletal proteins drive differential modulation of metabolic fluxes

M. A. Aon, A. Cáceres, S. Cortassa

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Abstract

On the basis of experimental data obtained in vitro, we propose that differential segregation of actin and tubulin in the cytoplasm may be a regulatory mechanism of metabolic fluxes. The results presented point out that the same enzymes may be differentially modulated at different locations in the cytoplasm, depending on the cytoskeletal protein present at that location, its concentration, polymeric status, or geometric arrangement. Essentially, actin or microtubular protein would exert their effect on enzymatic catalysis through displacement of the equilibrium of enzyme oligomers either to active or less active species. The latter was corroborated by mathematical modeling of the dynamic coupling between microtubular protein assembly-disassembly and pyruvate kinase activity. From these results, a precise biochemical meaning can be given to the putative linkage existing between the mechanisms by which cells rearrange their cytoplasmic architecture and the dynamics of biochemical reactions taking place concomitantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-278
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Cytoskeletal Proteins
Actins
Cytoplasm
Modulation
Fluxes
Pyruvate Kinase
Enzymes
Tubulin
Catalysis
Oligomers
Proteins
In Vitro Techniques

Keywords

  • actin
  • cytoplasmic segregation
  • cytoskeleton
  • metabolic fluxes
  • microtubular protein
  • topological regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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Heterogeneous distribution and organization of cytoskeletal proteins drive differential modulation of metabolic fluxes. / Aon, M. A.; Cáceres, A.; Cortassa, S.

In: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, Vol. 60, No. 2, 1996, p. 271-278.

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