Dynein heavy chain-related polypeptides are associated with organelles in pollen tubes of Nicotiana tabacum
Nicotiana tabacum pollen tubes contain two high molecular weight polypeptides (about 400 kDa), which are specifically expressed during pollen germination and pollen tube growth in BK medium. The high molecular weight doublet resembles the dynein heavy chains in some biochemical properties. Sedimentation profiles of pollen tube extracts show that the high molecular weight bands have sedimentation coefficients of 22 S and 12 S, respectively. ATPase assay of sedimentation fractions shows an activity ten times higher when stimulated by the presence of bovine brain microtubules in fractions containing the 22 S high molecular weight polypeptide. Both these high molecular weight polypeptides can bind microtubules in an ATP-dependent fashion. A mouse antiserum to a synthetic peptide reproducing the sequence of the most conserved ATP-binding site among dynein heavy chains recognized the two high molecular weight polypeptides. Therefore these polypeptides have sequences immunologically related to the ATP binding sites of dynein heavy chains.