TACC3 Regulates Microtubule Plus-End Dynamics and Cargo Transport in Interphase Cells

Colleen Furey, Vladimir Jovasevic, Derek Walsh*

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End-binding proteins (EBs) are widely viewed as master regulators of microtubule dynamics and function. Here, we show that while EB1 mediates the dynamic microtubule capture of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in fibroblasts, in neuronal cells, infection occurs independently of EBs through stable microtubules. Prompted by this, we find that transforming acid coiled-coil protein 3 (TACC3), widely studied in mitotic spindle formation, regulates the cytoplasmic localization of the microtubule polymerizing factor chTOG and influences microtubule plus-end dynamics during interphase to control infection in distinct cell types. Furthermore, perturbing TACC3 function in neuronal cells resulted in the formation of disorganized stable, detyrosinated microtubule networks and changes in cellular morphology, as well as impaired trafficking of both HSV-1 and transferrin. These trafficking defects in TACC3-depleted cells were reversed by the depletion of kinesin-1 heavy chains. As such, TACC3 is a critical regulator of interphase microtubule dynamics and stability that influences kinesin-1-based cargo trafficking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-283.e6
JournalCell reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2020


  • +TIP
  • TACC3
  • cargo transport
  • microtubules
  • virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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