A flash photolysis fluorescence/light scattering apparatus for use with sub microgram quantities of muscle proteins

Weiss, Stefan and Chizhov, I. and Geeves, Michael A. (2000) A flash photolysis fluorescence/light scattering apparatus for use with sub microgram quantities of muscle proteins. Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility, 21 (5). pp. 423-432. ISSN 0142-4319. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Transient kinetic methods such as stopped flow and quenched flow have been used to elucidate many of the fundamental features of the molecular interactions which underlie muscle contraction. However, these methods traditionally require relatively large amounts of protein (10(-3) g) and so have been used most effectively for the proteins purified from bulk muscle tissue of large animals or where the proteins can be expressed in large amounts (e.g., Dictyostelium). We have investigated the use of flash photolysis of an inert precursor of ATP (cATP) to initiate the dissociation of acto.S1 and acto.myosin and the subsequent ATP turnover reaction. Using a sample volume of 10 mul we show that a significant amount of information on the transient and steady-state kinetics of the system can be obtained from a sample containing just 50 nM of acto.myosin or acto.S1 complex in solution. Therefore in presence of excess of one protein component the measurements require only 250 ng myosin, 62 ng S1 or 25 ng actin. This is therefore the method of choice for kinetic analysis of acto.myosins which are only available in microgram quantities. We report for the first time the determination of the second order rate constant of ATP-induced dissociation of actin from the myosin extracted from a single fibre from a rabbit psoas muscle.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: A. Xie
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 08:49
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 07:40
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16730 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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