Kinesin: possible biological roles for a new microtubule motor

Ronald D. Vale, Jonathan M. Scholey, Michael P. Sheetz

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Organelle transport along microtubules can be reconstituted using isolated components, allowing this complex motility process to be dissected biochemically. This approach has led to the purification of a novel and ubiquitous microtubule-based, force-generating protein named kinesin. The in vitro motile properties and immunocytochemical localization of kinesin suggest that it may serve as a motor for organelle transport and for microtubule-based movements during mitosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-468
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in biochemical sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry


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