Ca2+-calmodulin-dependent polymerization of actin by myelin basic protein.

Z. Dobrowolski, H. Osińska, M. Mossakowska, B. Baryłko

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The interaction between myelin basic protein (MBP) and G-actin was studied under nonpolymerizing conditions, i.e.,2mM HEPES, pH 7.5, 0.1 mM CaCl2 and 0.2 mM ATP. Fluorescence studies using pyrenyl-actin and the measurements of ATP hydrolysis rate show that MBP induces changes in the structure of the actin monomer similar to those occurring during polymerization by salt. Electron microscope observations of the MBP-G-actin complex reveal the presence of filamentous structures which appear as separate filaments or as bundles of filaments in lateral association. These filaments are polar as visualized by attachment of heavy meromyosin. The biochemical data together with electron microscope observations suggest that the binding of MBP to G-actin under non-polymerizing conditions induces an interaction between actin monomers leading to the formation of filamentous structures which may be similar to F-actin filaments. The effects of MBP on G-actin can be reversed by calmodulin in the presence of Ca2+.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Cell Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Cell Biology


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