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Binding of MSAs to microtubules leads to Disturbance in microtubule dynamic instability
Key Event Relationship Overview
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Key Event Relationship Description
Evidence Supporting this KER
It is well known that the binding of taxol and MSAs like epothilones and discodermolide to microtubules stabilizes microtubules thereby promoting polymerization and concomitantly suppressing depolymerisation. Therefore, they directly disturb microtubule dynamic instability. [1-9]
It is assumed that the M-Loop, which is part of the taxane pocket, undergoes conformational changes and gets more structured as a short helix is formed upon MSA binding. This structuring promotes the assembly and stabilization of microtubules as it is needed for lateral tubulin interactions. [10, 11]
Mutations in the β-tubulin gene were identified in patients with taxol-resistant non-small-cell lung cancer. Patients with β-tubulin mutations did not respond to taxol-treatment, whereas patients without β-tubulin mutations had complete or partial responses and survived longer. β-tubulin mutations were therefore identified as predictor of taxol-response thereby confirming β-tubulin as the binding and interaction site of taxol. 
In two taxol-resistant ovarian cancer cell lines, two point mutations were identified in the β-tubulin gene. Taxol-driven polymerization was shown to be impaired in these cells. Taxol-resistant cells did not exhibit microtubule polymerization upon taxoll treatment whereas the parental cells show increasing tubulin-polymerization with increasing doses of taxol. 
In two epothilone-resistant ovarian carcinoma cell lines two point mutations were identified in the β-tubulin gene. Epothilone- as well as taxol-driven polymerization was shown to be impaired in these cells while parental cells exhibit dose-dependent increase in tubulin polymerization upon epothilone A- and taxol-treatment. 
Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
The binding of MSAs to microtubules is extensively studies and well established. Its impact of this interaction on microtubule dynamic instability is addressed in numerous studies and the findings are largely consistent in the point of stabilization of microtubules accompanied by the disturbance of microtubule dynamic instability.
It has to be noted that microtubule destabilizing agents like the vinca alkaloids are known to bind to microtubules and disturb microtubule dynamic instability as well. However, vinca alkaloids differ in their mode of action as they bind to the end of microtubules and, in case of stoichiometric binding, promote depolymerization. 
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3. Hung, D.T., J. Chen, and S.L. Schreiber, (+)-Discodermolide binds to microtubules in stoichiometric ratio to tubulin dimers, blocks taxol binding and results in mitotic arrest. Chemistry & Biology, 1996. 3(4): p. 287-293.
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