The pathway of GTP hydrolysis associated with microtubule polymerization was investigated using an assay of intermediate 18O-exchange reactions. Under a variety of conditions influencing tubulin self-assembly, GTP was hydrolyzed without any evidence of multiple reversals characteristic of reversible phosphoanhydride-bond cleavage. These results also accord with published findings that ATP hydrolysis during actin polymerization fails to display intermediate exchange reactions [Carlier, M.F., Pantaloni, D., Evans, J.A., Lambooy, P.K., Korn, E.D. and Webb, M.R. (1988) FEBS Lett. 235, 211-214].
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||European Journal of Biochemistry|
|State||Published - 1990|
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