A common mechanism for cytoplasmic dynein-dependent microtubule binding shared among adeno-associated virus and adenovirus serotypes

Samir Kelkar, P. De Bishnu, Guangping Gao, James M. Wilson, Ronald G. Crystal, Philip L. Leopold

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

42 Citations (Scopus)


During infection, adenovirus-associated virus (AAV) undergoes microtubule-dependent retrograde transport as part of a program of vectorial transport of viral genome to the nucleus. A microtubule binding assay was used to evaluate the hypothesis that cytoplasmic dynein mediates AAV interaction with microtubules. Binding of AAV serotype 2 (AAV2) was enhanced in a nucleotide-dependent manner by the presence of total cellular microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) but not cytoplasmic dynein-depleted MAPs. Excess AAV2 capsid protein prevented microtubule binding by AAV serotypes 2, 5, and rh.10, as well as adenovirus serotype 5, indicating that similar binding sites are used by these viruses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7781-7785
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Virology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology

Cite this