Wild-Type but not Mutant APC Associates with the Microtubule Cytoskeleton1

Kelly J. Smith, Daniel B. Levy, Bert Vogelstein

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The adenomatous polyposis coli protein (APC) is mutated in familial adenomatous polyposis patients as well as in sporadic colorectal tumors. In an attempt to further understand the function of APC, the subcellular localization of APC was examined. Wild-type and mutant forms of APC were expressed in mammalian cells and protein detected by immunofluorescence using monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies. Staining of wildtype APC protein revealed a filamentous network which extended throughout the cytoplasm and colocalized with microtubules. In striking contrast, mutant APC protein gave a diffuse cytoplasmic staining pattern. Treatment with a microtubule depolymerizing agent, nocodazole, caused APC as well as tubulin to become diffusely cytoplasmic. In addition, immunoperoxidaze staining of transfected APC protein followed by transmission electron microscopy revealed staining of microtubules. These results suggest that wild-type but not mutant APC protein may be associated with the microtubule cytoskeleton.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3672-3675
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Research
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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