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Structural organization of the dynein-dynactin complex bound to microtubules

Nature structural & molecular biology | 10 Mar 2015

S Chowdhury, SA Ketcham, TA Schroer and GC Lander
Abstract
Cytoplasmic dynein associates with dynactin to drive cargo movement on microtubules, but the structure of the dynein-dynactin complex is unknown. Using electron microscopy, we determined the organization of native bovine dynein, dynactin and the dynein-dynactin-microtubule quaternary complex. In the microtubule-bound complex, the dynein motor domains are positioned for processive unidirectional movement, and the cargo-binding domains of both dynein and dynactin are accessible.
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Structure, Eukaryote, Dynein
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