This work focuses on the structural and functional description of the microtubule proteins. The objective of the authors is to establish a relationship between the structure of microtubule proteins and the functions in which these polymers are involved. This book covers topics which have been treated only in a preliminary manner in previous works, such as microtubule dynamics and microtubule poisons. Microtubules display a variety of cellular roles and are vital for the separation and correct distribution of chromosomes during cell division. They also play an important role in morphogenesis, intracellular transport, secretion, and motility. Microtubule Proteins is a concise, easy-to-read text which is particularly of interest to cell biologists, chemists, neurochemists, and graduate students interested in cell biology.
1. Dynamic Aspects of Microtubule Assembly 2. Tubulin Genes: Structure, Expression, and Regulation 3. Structure and Function of Tubulin Regions 4. Interactions of Tubulin with Small Ligands 4. Microtubule Proteins in Neuronal Cells