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Myosins

A Superfamily of Molecular Motors

Coluccio, Lynne M. (Ed.)

2008, XXX, 477 p.

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  • Chapters are written by experts in the field
  • Represents a compilation of information regarding many different myosins
  • Comprehensive nature of chapters with introductory chapters dealing with all myosin classes; other chapters focus on one class
  • Timely and up-to-date
  • Fully referenced; moreover, index allows easy use as reference book

This volume highlights the remarkable superfamily of molecular motors called myosins, which are involved in such diverse cellular functions as muscle contraction, intracellular transport, cell migration and cell division.

In a timely compilation of chapters written by leading research groups that have made key discoveries in the field, the current understanding of the molecular mechanisms and biological functions of these intriguing proteins is explored. The different myosin classes are compared and contrasted in the introductory chapter, as well as chapters on myosin structure; and biochemical and kinetic properties of myosins. Subsequent chapters are devoted to single classes of myosins and provide keen insight based on studies using in vitro and in vivo systems into how particular myosins are designed for their intracellular roles.

This highly authoritative and comprehensive volume includes current information on myosin mutations. Written in an intelligible and coherent manner and presented in a format such that minimal background knowledge is needed, this indexed volume will be useful not only to those interested in learning about molecular motors, but as a c

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » biological functions - cell division - migration - molecular mechanisms - proteins

Related subjects » Biochemistry & Biophysics - Biomedical Sciences - Cell Biology

Table of contents 

The Structural And Functional Diversity Of The Myosin Family Of Actin-Based Molecular Motors.- Myosin Structure.- The Myosin Family: Biochemical And Kinetic Properties.- Myosin I.- Myosin Ii: Sarcomeric Myosins, The Motors Of Contraction In Cardiac And Skeletal Muscles.- Smooth-Muscle Myosin II.- Non-Muscle Myosin II.- Class III Myosins.- Myosin V.- Myosin VI: A Multifunctional Motor Protein.- Myosin VII.- Plant Myosins VIII, XI, And XIII.- Class Ix Myosins.- Myosin X.- Myosin Class XIV And Other Myosins In Protists.- Myosin XVA.

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