Brain high molecular weight (HMW) protein promoting microtubule assembly in vitro and identical to MAP 2 (one of the proteins which copurify with tubulin through microtubule assembly-disassembly cycles), is shown to be associated with microtubules in interphase and mitotic cells. This HMW protein was purified earlier (Kuznetsov et al., 1978), directly from bovine brain without previous obtaining total microtubule protein. Now we have obtained a monospecific antibody against it. Identity of the HMW protein with MAP 2 is inferred from SDS-electrophoresis and immunological tests; its intra-cellular localization is determined by indirect immunofluorescent staining of cultured bovine tracheal epithelium.The anti-MAP 2 antibody stains the same structures in the cells as the tubulin antibody: it stains the fibrillar network in interphase cells, mitotic spindle, and the stem body. No fibrillar structures in the cells treated with colchicine or vinblastine were stained with the antibody against MAP 2. Anti-MAP 2 also stains tubulin-containing paracrystals which have been formed in the vinblastine-treated cells. Therefore HMW protein MAP 2 which promotes tubulin polymerization in vitro is associated with microtubules in vivo.
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