11 results found
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The divergent mitotic kinesin MKLP2 exhibits atypical structure and mechanochemistry

    Joseph Atherton et al.
    MKLP2 is a divergent molecular motor that has structurally evolved to bind its microtubule track and use the energy of ATP in distinct ways, tuned according to its function in cell division.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Mechanochemical coupling and bi-phasic force-velocity dependence in the ultra-fast ring ATPase SpoIIIE

    Ninning Liu et al.
    Probing the DNA motor SpoIIIE at the single-molecule level has revealed its force-generating step, rich translocation dynamics during motor operation and a novel, bi-phasic mechanical response to opposing force.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Bipolar filaments of human nonmuscle myosin 2-A and 2-B have distinct motile and mechanical properties

    Luca Melli et al.
    Individual nonmuscle myosin 2 filaments in cells may differ their mechanical and kinetic properties depending on the myosin paralog composition giving the cells a mechanism for fine tuning the output of a given nonmuscle myosin filament.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Kinesin motility is driven by subdomain dynamics

    Wonmuk Hwang et al.
    The motor protein kinesin utilizes its fuel molecule by active and concerted motions of its subdomains, while it rapidly interacts with the microtubule track by forming a wet and dynamic interface.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Direct measurement of conformational strain energy in protofilaments curling outward from disassembling microtubule tips

    Jonathan W Driver et al.
    The protofilaments that curl outward from a disassembling microtubule tip carry a large amount of strain energy and they can drive movement with an efficiency similar to conventional motor proteins.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Molecular Motors: Small steps and giant leaps

    Bram Prevo, Erwin JG Peterman
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Conserved mechanisms of microtubule-stimulated ADP release, ATP binding, and force generation in transport kinesins

    Joseph Atherton et al.
    Cryo-electron microscopy reconstructions of two microtubule-bound transport kinesins at 7 Å resolution reveal how microtubule track binding stimulates ADP release, primes the active site for ATP binding and enables force generation.
    1. Cell Biology

    The influence of dynein processivity control, MAPs, and microtubule ends on directional movement of a localising mRNA

    Harish Chandra Soundararajan, Simon L Bullock
    In vitro reconstitution of mRNA motility reveals the basis of directionally biased motion by groups of motors, their response to potential obstacles, and the consequences of reaching microtubule ends.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Lis1 regulates dynein by sterically blocking its mechanochemical cycle

    Katerina Toropova et al.
    Structural and functional studies reveal how a ubiquitous regulator of dynein keeps the microtubule-based motor in a persistent track-bound state.

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