Vanadate(Vi) and ADP induced domain motions in myosin head by DSC and EPR

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Thermal stability and internal dynamics of myosin head in psoas muscle fibres of rabbit in the intermediate state AM.ADP.Pi - mimicked by AM.ADP.Vi - of the ATP hydrolysis cycle was studied by differential scanning calorimetry and spin label electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Three overlapping endotherms were detected in rigor, in strongly binding ADP and weakly binding AM.ADP.Vi state of myosin to actin. The transition at 54.0°C can be assigned to the 50 k actin-binding domain. The transition at highest temperature (67.3°C) represents the unfolding of actin and the contributions arising from the nucleotide-myosin head interaction. The transition at 58.4°C reflects the melting of the large rod part of myosin. Nucleotide binding (ADP, ATP plus orthovanadate) induced shifts of the melting temperatures and produced changes in the calorimetric enthalpies. The changes of the EPR parameters indicated local rearrangements of the internal structure in myosin heads in agreement with DSC findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-580
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2003


  • ATP hydrolysis
  • Conformation of myosin
  • DSC
  • EPR
  • Nucleotide-myosin interaction
  • Orthovanadate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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