A protein of molecular mass 68 kDa and pI5.6 is a major translation product of rat brain mRNA [Hall, Mahadevan, Whatley, Biswas & Lim (1984) Biochem. J. 219, 751-761]. In the rat brain this protein was associated with microtubule preparations and was present together with tubulin as a component of the synaptosomal plasma membranes, synaptic vesicles and post-synaptic structures. The brain mRNA for this protein was found to hybridize specifically to the Drosophila gene for the 70 kDa heat-shock protein, thus enabling its rapid isolation.
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