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A TIRF microscopy assay to decode how tau regulates EB's tracking at microtubule ends.

Abstract : Tau is a major microtubule-associated protein (MAP) mainly expressed in the brain. Tau binds the lattice of microtubules and favors their elongation and bundling. Recent studies have shown that tau is also a partner of end-binding proteins (EBs) in neurons. EBs belong to the protein family of the plus-end tracking proteins that preferentially associate with the growing plus-ends of microtubules and control microtubule end behavior and anchorage to intracellular organelles. Reconstituted cell-free systems using purified proteins are required to understand the precise mechanisms by which tau influences EB localization on microtubules and how the concerted activity of these two MAPs modulates microtubule dynamics. We developed an in vitro assay combining TIRF microscopy and site-directed mutagenesis to dissect the interaction of tau with EBs and to study how this interaction affects microtubule dynamics. Here, we describe the detailed procedures to purify proteins (tubulin, tau, and EBs), prepare the samples for TIRF microscopy, and analyze microtubule dynamics, and EB binding at microtubule ends in the presence of tau.
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Sacnicte Ramirez-Rios, Laurence Serre, Virginie Stoppin-Mellet, Elea Prezel, Angélique Vinit, et al.. A TIRF microscopy assay to decode how tau regulates EB's tracking at microtubule ends.. Methods in au cell biology, 29 (2), pp.154-165, 2018, ⟨10.1016/bs.mcb.2017.06.013⟩. ⟨hal-02347006⟩



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