Multiple mouse chromosomal loci for dynein-based motility

Kevin T. Vaughan, Atsushi Mikami, Bryce M. Paschal, Erika L.F. Holzbaur, Sharon M. Hughes, Christophe J. Echeverri, Karen J. Moore, Debra J. Gilbert, Neal G. Copeland, Nancy A. Jenkins, Richard B. Vallee

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Dyneins are multisubunit mechanochemical enzymes capable of interacting with microtubules to generate force. Axonemal dyneins produce the motive force for ciliary and flagellar beating by inducing sliding between adjacent microtubules within the axoneme. Cytoplasmic dyneins translocate membranous organelles and chromosomes toward the minus ends of cytoplasmic microtubules. Dynactin is an accessory complex implicated in tethering cytoplasmic dynein to membranous organelles and mitotic kinetochores. In the studies described here, we have identified a number of new dynein genes and determined their mouse chromosomal locations by interspecific backcross analysis. We have also mapped several dynein and dynactin genes cloned previously. Our studies provide the first comprehensive attempt to map dynein and dynactin genes in mammals and provide a basis for the further analysis of dynein function in development and disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-38
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 15 1996

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  • Genetics


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