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A Cdk1 phosphomimic mutant of MCAK impairs microtubule end recognition (2017)
Journal Article
Belsham, H. R., & Friel, C. T. (2017). A Cdk1 phosphomimic mutant of MCAK impairs microtubule end recognition. PeerJ, 5, doi:10.7717/peerj.4034. ISSN 2167-8359

The microtubule depolymerising kinesin-13, MCAK, is phosphorylated at residue T537 by Cdk1. This is the only known phosphorylation site within MCAK’s motor domain. To understand the impact of phosphorylation by Cdk1 on microtubule depolymerisation ac... Read More

The family-specific α4-helix of the kinesin-13, MCAK, is critical to microtubule end recognition (2016)
Journal Article
Patel, J. T., Belsham, H. R., Rathbone, A. J., Wickstead, B., Gell, C., & Friel, C. T. (2016). The family-specific α4-helix of the kinesin-13, MCAK, is critical to microtubule end recognition. Open Biology, 6(10), doi:10.1098/rsob.160223. ISSN 2046-2441

Kinesins that influence the dynamics of microtubule growth and shrinkage require the ability to distinguish between the microtubule end and the microtubule lattice. The microtubule depolymerizing kinesin MCAK has been shown to specifically recognize... Read More