The self assembly of synthetic filaments of myosin isolated from Chaos carolinensis and Amoeba proteus

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Abstract

Synthetic myosin thick filaments were formed from preparations of electrophoretically homogeneous myosin isolated from Chaos carolinensis and Amoeba proteus when dialysed to physiological ionic strength and pH. Myosin dialysed directly against low ionic strength buffers formed native-like thick filaments in the presence and absence of exogenous divalent cations. The average dimensions of the synthetic filaments grown under these conditions were 455 nm long and 16 nm wide with a distinct bare central zone 174 nm long. Myosin predialysed against EGTA-EDTA solutions at high ionic strength and then dialysed to low ionic strength formed native-like filaments only in the presence of 1 mM Mg2+. 1 mM Ca2+ could not be substituted for Mg2+ under these conditions to achieve native-like filaments. Filaments grown from predialysed myosin in the absence of Mg2+ resembled EGTA-dissociated myosin filaments observed in EGTA-treated cytoplasm and were highly branched, poorly formed filaments lacking a distinct bare central zone. The average dimensions of the filaments grown from predialysed myosin in the absence of Mg2+ were 328 nm long, 13 nm wide with a bare central zone 111 nm long. Under the conditions tested, myosin isolated from these amoebae did not demonstrate a divalent cation requirement for thick filament formation. The results obtained with myosin isolated from the 2 organisms were identical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-402
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of cell science
VolumeVol.25
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

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