Eribulin disrupts EB1-microtubule plus-tip complex formation

Brian O'Rourke, Chia Ping Huang Yang, David Sharp, Susan Band Horwitz

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Eribulin mesylate is a synthetic analog of halichondrin B known to bind tubulin and microtubules, specifically at their protein rich plus-ends, thereby dampening microtubule (MT) dynamics, arresting cells in mitosis, and inducing apoptosis. The proteins which bind to the MT plus-end are known as microtubule plus-end tracking proteins (CTIPs) and have been shown to promote MT growth and stabilization. Eribulin's plus-end binding suggests it may compete for binding sites with known CTIP proteins such as End-binding 1 (EB1). To better understand the impact of eribulin plusend binding in regard to the proteins which normally bind there, cells expressing GFP-EB1 were treated with various concentrations of eribulin. In a concentration dependent manner, GFP-EB1 became dissociated from the MT plus-ends following drug addition. Similar results were found with immuno-stained fixed cells. Cells treated with low concentrations of eribulin also showed decreased ability to migrate, suggesting the decrease in MT dynamics may have a downstream effect. Extended exposure of eribulin to cells leads to total depolymerization of the MT array. Taken together, these data show eribulin effectively disrupts EB1 CTIP complex formation, providing mechanistic insights into the impact of eribulin on MT dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3218-3221
Number of pages4
JournalCell Cycle
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 15 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • EB1
  • Eribulin
  • Microtubules
  • Migration
  • Taxol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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