MAP1B regulates microtubule dynamics by sequestering EB1/3 in the cytosol of developing neuronal cells

E Tortosa, Niels Galjart, J Avila, CL Sayas

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MAP1B, a structural microtubule (MT)-associated protein highly expressed in developing neurons, plays a key role in neurite and axon extension. However, not all molecular mechanisms by which MAP1B controls MT dynamics during these processes have been revealed. Here, we show that MAP1B interacts directly with EB1 and EB3 (EBs), two core 'microtubule plus-end tracking proteins' (+TIPs), and sequesters them in the cytosol of developing neuronal cells. MAP1B overexpression reduces EBs binding to plus-ends, whereas MAP1B downregulation increases binding of EBs to MTs. These alterations in EBs behaviour lead to changes in MT dynamics, in particular overstabilization and looping, in growth cones of MAP1B-deficient neurons. This contributes to growth cone remodelling and a delay in axon outgrowth. Together, our findings define a new and crucial role of MAP1B as a direct regulator of EBs function and MT dynamics during neurite and axon extension. Our data provide a new layer of MT regulation: a classical MAP, which binds to the MT lattice and not to the end, controls effective concentration of core +TIPs thereby regulating MTs at their plus-ends.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1293-1306
Number of pages14
JournalEMBO Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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