The Golgi complex plays an active role in organizing asymmetric microtubule arrays, which are essential for polarized vesicle transport. The coiled-coil protein MTCL1 stabilizes microtubules nucleated from the Golgi membrane. Here, we report an MTCL1 paralog, MTCL2, which preferentially acts on the perinuclear microtubules accumulated around the Golgi. MTCL2 associates with the Golgi membrane through the N-terminal coiled-coil region and directly binds microtubules through the conserved C-terminal domain without promoting microtubule stabilization. Knockdown of MTCL2 significantly impaired microtubule accumulation around the Golgi, as well as the compactness of the Golgi ribbon assembly structure. Given that MTCL2 forms parallel oligomers through homo-interaction of the central coiled-coil motifs, our results indicate that MTCL2 promotes asymmetric microtubule organization by crosslinking microtubules on the Golgi membrane. Results of in vitro wound healing assays further suggest that this function of MTCL2 enables integration of the centrosomal and Golgi-associated microtubules on the Golgi membrane, supporting directional migration. Additionally, the results demonstrated the involvement of CLASPs and giantin in mediating the Golgi association of MTCL2.

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