Affinity purified, polyclonal antibodies were prepared against three tektins (tektins A, B, and C) isolated from sea urchin sperm axonemal microtubules. These antibodies (anti-tektins) were used to localize tektins in axonemes, basal bodies, and centrioles. By immunofluorescence microscopy it could be demonstrated that in sperm tails from Lytechinus pictus all three anti-tektins stain all nine axonemal doublet microtubules and A-tubule extensions along their entire length. In addition to staining doublet microtubules, anti-tektin C weakly labeled the central-pair microtubules in sperm tails from Patiria miniata. The anti-tektin staining revealed also a clear cross-reaction with basal bodies of sea urchin sperm and with centrioles of cells from hamsters, humans, and pigs. These data provide evidence of tektin or tektin-like proteins in basal bodies and centrioles and suggest that centriole microtubules are constructed according to the same principles as flagellar microtubules.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Apr 1988|