volume 467, issue 7312, P218-222 2010
DOI: 10.1038/nature09324
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Abstract: SUMMARYIn most eukaryotic cells, subsets of microtubules are adapted for specific functions by post-translational modifications (PTMs) of tubulin subunits. Acetylation of the ε-amino group of K40 on α-tubulin is a conserved PTM on the luminal side of microtubules1 that was discovered in the flagella of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii2,3. Studies on the significance of microtubule acetylation have been limited by the undefined status of the α-tubulin acetyltransferase. Here, we show that MEC-17, a protein related to …

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