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|Toxins affecting actin filaments and microtubules|Saito, S. (2009). Toxins affecting actin filaments and microtubules, in: Fusetani, N. et al. (Ed.) Marine toxins as research tools. Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology. Marine Molecular Biotechnology, 46: pp. 187-219. dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-87895-7_7
In: Fusetani, N.; Kem, W. (Ed.) (2009). Marine toxins as research tools. Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology. Marine Molecular Biotechnology, 46. Springer: Berlin. ISBN 978-3-540-87892-6. xiv, 259 pp., more
In: Müller, W.E.G. (Ed.) Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology. Marine Molecular Biotechnology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 1611-6119, more
Actin and tubulin are the two major proteins of the cytoskeleton in eukaryotic cells and both display a common property to reversibly assemble into long and flexible polymers, actin filaments and microtubules, respectively. These proteins play important roles in a variety of cellular functions and are also involved in numbers of diseases. An emerging number of marine-derived cytotoxins have been found to bind either actin or tublin, resulting in either inhibition or enhancement of polymerization. Thus, these toxins are valuable molecular probes for solving complex mechanisms of biological processes. This chapter describes actin- and tubulin-targeting marine natural products and their modes of action, with reference to their use as research tools and their clinical applications.