Flagellin and Tubulin Genes

Bob Cooper rac7 at erols.com
Wed Oct 8 16:54:48 EST 1997


I had a student question about genes that code for tubulin and
flagellin.  The flagella of prokaryotes and eukaryotes are analogous
structures.  Prokaryotic flagella are composed of flagellin subunits
while the microtubules that make up the eukaryotic flagellum
(undulopodium) are composed of tubulin.  Does anybody know if the genes
that code for these protein subunits (i.e., flagellin and tubulin) are
at all homologous?

Bob Cooper
rac7 at erols.com

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