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Kinesin motors: Teamsters' union

The function and mechanism of the kinesin-14 protein family in plants remain largely obscure. Now, two studies suggest a role in long-distance transport, akin to dynein in animals. One shows that clustering of a moss kinesin-14 is required for cargo transport, the other that in rice a kinesin-14 translocates actin filaments along microtubules.

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Figure 1: Clustering and actin polarity affect kinesin-14 motility.


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Dixit, R. Kinesin motors: Teamsters' union. Nature Plants 1, 15126 (2015).

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