Interactions of enolase isoforms with tubulin and microtubules during myogenesis

A. Keller, J. Peltzer, G. Carpentier, I. Horváth, J. Oláh, A. Duchesnay, F. Orosz, J. Ovádi

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Enolase is a glycolytic enzyme, expressed as cell-type specific isoforms in higher vertebrates. Herein we demonstrated for the first time that enolase isoforms interact with microtubules during muscle satellite cell differentiation. While in undifferentiated myoblasts the ubiquitous αα enolase isoform, expressed at high level, exhibited extensive co-localization with microtubules, the muscle-specific ββ isoform, expressed at low level, did not. During differentiation, the level of β subunit increased significantly; the α and β enolase immunoreactivities were detected both in cytosol and along the microtubules. We identified tubulin from muscle extract as an interacting protein for immobilized ββ enolase. ELISA and surface plasmon resonance measurements demonstrated the direct binding of enolase isoforms to tubulin with an apparent KD below the micromolar range, and indicated that the presence of 0.8 mM 2-phosphoglycerate abolished the interaction. Our data showed that, at various stages of myogenic differentiation, microtubules were decorated by different enolase isoforms, which was controled by the abundance of both partners. We suggest that the binding of enolase to microtubules could contribute to the regulation of the dynamism of the cytoskeletal filaments known to occur during the transition from myoblast to myotubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-926
Number of pages8
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • Confocal microscopy
  • Enolase isoform
  • Glycolysis
  • Microtubule
  • Myogenesis
  • Tubulin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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