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Journal of Muscle Research & Cell Motility

, Volume 24, Issue 4–6, pp 317–323 | Cite as

Probing nucleotide dissociation from myosin in vitro using microgram quantities of myosin

  • Richard J. Clark
  • Miklós Nyitrai
  • Martin R. Webb
  • Michael A. Geeves
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Abstract

The detailed kinetic analysis of novel myosin motors is often limited by the quantity of stable protein available for study. We show here that the use of coumarin based fluorescent ADP analogues allows the assay of ADP affinities and dissociation rate constants in a flash photolysis apparatus using μg quantities of the rabbit muscle myosin S1. We go on to use the analogues to characterise two other rat muscle myosin S1 and the motor domain of Dictyostelium cytoplasmic myosin II. The results show that the fluorescence change for the binding of a coumarin based ADP analogue to a myosin motor domain is variable in sign as well as amplitude for the different proteins. The analysis also provided estimates of the affinities of caged-ATP for S1 which were ≤10 μM for muscle S1s and >200 μM for the non-muscle myosin.

Keywords

Coumarin Dissociation Rate Constant Myosin Subfragment Myosin Motor Domain Photolysis Apparatus 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Clark
    • 1
  • Miklós Nyitrai
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Martin R. Webb
    • 4
  • Michael A. Geeves
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiosciencesUniversity of Kent at Canterbury, CanterburyKentUK
  2. 2.Office for Academy Research Groups Attached to Universities and Other InstitutionsResearch Group for Fluorescence SpectroscopyHungary
  3. 3.Department of Biophysics, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of PécsPécsHungary
  4. 4.National Institute for Medical ResearchLondonUK

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