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Vol. 17, No. 1, 2009
Issue release date: February 2009
Section title: Invited Review
Free Access
Neurosignals 2009;17:100–108

Heterotrimeric G-Proteins Interact Directly with Cytoskeletal Components to Modify Microtubule-Dependent Cellular Processes

Dave R.H.a · Saengsawang W.a · Yu J.-Z.a · Donati R.d · Rasenick M.M.a–c
Departments of aPhysiology and Biophysics and bPsychiatry, cGraduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Illinois Chicago, and dDepartment of Basic Sciences, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Ill., USA
email Corresponding Author

Mark M. Rasenick

Departments of Physiology and Biophysics, Psychiatry, and

Graduate Program in Neuroscience, University of Illinois

Chicago, IL 60612-7342 (USA)

Tel. +1 312 996 6641, Fax +1 312 996 1414, E-Mail raz@uic.edu


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