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The Structural And Functional Diversity Of The Myosin Family Of Actin-Based Molecular Motors

  • Mark S. Mooseker
  • Bernardo J. Foth
Part of the Proteins and Cell Regulation book series (PROR, volume 7)


In this chapter, a broad overview of the myosin family of actin-based motors with respect to diversity of myosin-domain structures and cellular functions will be outlined.It is meant as a backdrop for the more detailed discussions of the various myosin classes found in the chapters that follow. This is not intended to be a comprehensive review;rather selected examples will be discussed to highlight the remarkable structural and functional diversity within this family of actin-filament-based molecular motors.


myosin molecular motors phylogenetic analysis protein-protein interactions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark S. Mooseker
    • 1
  • Bernardo J. Foth
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Cell Biology and PathologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore 637551

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