Flexibility of myosin-subfragment-1 in its complex with actin as revealed by fluorescence resonance energy transfer

Miklós Nyitrai, Gábor Hild, Emõke Bódis, András Lukács, Béla Somogyi

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The flexibility of the acto-myosin complex in rigor conditions was characterized by measuring the temperature profile of normalized fluorescence resonance energy transfer efficiency, f' [Somogyi, B., Matko, J., Papp, S., Hevessy, J., Welch, G.R. and Damjanovich, S. (1984) Biochemistry 23, 3403- 3411]. Fluorescence acceptors were introduced to the Cys374 residues of actin and the donors were covalently attached either to Cys707 in the catalytic domain or to Cys177 in the essential light-chain of myosin S1. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer measurements revealed that the protein matrix between Cys374 of actin and Cys707 of S1 is rigid. In contrast, the link between the catalytic and light-chain-binding domains in myosin S1 is flexible. We have recently shown that the positional distribution of Cys707 was narrow relative to the actin filament, while that of the Cys177 was broad. Accordingly, the broad positional distribution of Cys177 is likely to be due to the large flexibility of the link between the catalytic and light- chain-binding domains. This flexibility is probably essential for the interdomain reorganization of the myosin head during the force generation process and for accommodating the symmetry difference between actin and myosin filaments to allow the formation of cross-bridges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4334-4338
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Biochemistry
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Muscle
  • Protein dynamics
  • Temperature dependence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry

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