Tubulin protein (97% pure): bovine brain

Tubulin protein (97% pure): bovine brain

Important Notice:

This product is no longer available.  Cytoskeleton recommends using Tubulin protein (97% pure): Porcine brain (Cat. # HTS03) as a replacment.  


Product Uses Include

  • Economical alternative to TL238 in primary screens for tubulin ligand drugs
  • High-throughput tubulin polymerization or depolymerization screens
  • Production of microtubule substrates for HTS motor assays

Tubulin protein has been isolated from bovine brain. The final product contains approximately 97% tubulin and 3% Microtubule Associated Proteins (MAPs). This version of bovine tubulin is an economical alternative to our highly purified tubulin (Cat. # TL238) for anti-tubulin ligand drug discovery. It has been formulated to be compatible with 96 or 384-well format polymerization assays such as in Biochem™ kits BK004 or BK011P or CytoDYNAMIX Screen™ BK004.

Protein purity is determined by scanning densitometry of Coomassie Blue stained protein on a 12% SDS-PAGE gel. HTS02 contains 97% tubulin (MW. 55 kDa) and 3% MAPs (MW 35-280 kDa).


Figure 1: A 100 µg sample of HTS02 protein was separated by electrophoresis on a 12% SDS-PAGE gel and stained with Coomassie Blue. Protein quantitation was performed using the Precision Red Protein Assay Reagent (Cat.# ADV02).

Biological Activity
An ASSAY UNIT is defined as the amount of HTS02 protein needed to achieve a tubulin polymerization signal of OD340 of 0.1 - 0.15 in 30 minutes at 37°C in G-PEM buffer. The assay volume is 100 µl and assumes a spectrophotometer pathlength of 0.5 cm. The protein concentration for HTS02 in this assay is approximately 4 mg/ml. The biological activity of HTS02 is assessed by a tubulin polymerization assay. One ASSAY UNIT of tubulin is used for each polymeriztion assay. An OD340 of 0.10 - 0.15 is required to pass quality control. Tubulin polymerization must also be responsive to polymerization enhancers (paclitaxel) and inhibitors (nocodazole) at 5 µM drug concentration.


 Figure 2: Tubulin polymerization in a 96-well format using HTS02. All samples are in duplicates. Each well has a mini-polymerization curve with 20 min on the x-axis and 0.30 OD 340 nm on the y-axis. The Vmax parameter is used to compare inhibitors, the CV is 13% in this format, so a 50% cut off is required for a 98% confidence.

For product Datasheets and MSDSs please click on the PDF links below.   For additional information, click on the FAQs tab above or contact our Technical Support department at tservice@cytoskeleton.com

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 T.R. Butler et al. 2011. Neurodegenerative effects of recombinant HIV-1 Tat(1-86) are associated with inhibition of microtubule formation and oxidative stress-related reductions in microtubule-associated protein-2(a,b). Neurochem. Res. 36, 819-828.

M.C. Tuma et al. 2010. Antitumor activity of IMC-038525, a novel oral tubulin polymerization inhibitor. Transl Oncol. 3, 318–325.


Question 1: Does tubulin polymerization using 97% pure bovine brain tubulin (Cat. # HTS02) require additional enhancers such as glycerol or taxol?

Answer 1:  No additional enhancers are required when using 3 or 4 mg/ml of the MAP-enriched 97% pure tubulin.  The recommended polymerization reaction using 97% pure tubulin contains 100 μl of 3 or 4 mg/ml tubulin in 80 mM PIPES pH 6.9, 0.5 mM EGTA, 2 mM MgCl2 and 1 mM GTP.  Polymerization is started by incubation at 37°C and followed by absorption readings at 340 nm. Under these conditions, polymerization will reach a maximal OD340 between 0.15 – 0.25 within 30 minutes. In this experimental set up (100 μl volume in a spectrophotometer with a pathlength of 0.5 cm), an OD340 of 0.1 is approximately equal to 1 mg per ml of tubulin polymer mass.  Under these conditions only 40% of the tubulin is polymerized, offering the flexibity to study how polymerization enhancers (e.g., taxol) or inhibitors (e.g., nocodazole) alter tubulin polymerization.  For enhancers, we recommend using 3 mg/ml tubulin whereas for inhibitors, 4 mg/ml tubulin works better.


Question 2:  Upon resuspension as directed, what are the components of the final buffer?

Answer 2:  Upon reconstitution as directed, the tubulin will be in the following buffer: 80 mM PIPES, 1 mM EGTA, 1 mM MgCl2, pH 7.0, 1 mM GTP, 1% Ficoll, 5% sucrose and <1mM DTT.



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