A comparison of thermodynamic parameters for vinorelbine- and vinflunine-induced tubulin self-association by sedimentation velocity.
Tubulin crystals produced by incubation with vinblastine sulphate have been investigated by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and density measurement. The results show that crystals produced in vitro from bovine brain tubulin are made of packed helices, each consisting of a single continuous protofilament, whereas crystals produced in vivo in sea urchin eggs are built from pairs of such helices. The symmetry, cell dimensions, percentage protein and composition of the crystals are consistent with either 24 or 30 tubulin monomers per turn of the helix. The sea urchin egg crystals are more highly ordered and thus more suitable for further analysis.