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A Superfamily of Molecular Motors

  • Lynne M. Coluccio
  • Comprehensive account of the current understanding of molecular motors

  • Compiled by a group of international experts on myosin motor structure and function

  • Crucial reference for investigators and students


Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1239)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Lynne M. Coluccio
    Pages 1-6
  3. H. Lee Sweeney, Anne Houdusse, Julien Robert-Paganin
    Pages 7-19
  4. Jianchao Li, Mingjie Zhang
    Pages 21-40
  5. Rasmus R. Schröder
    Pages 41-59
  6. Dietmar J. Manstein, Matthias Preller
    Pages 61-84
  7. Yasuharu Takagi, Nikolas Hundt, Adam Fineberg
    Pages 85-126
  8. Noriyuki Kodera, Toshio Ando
    Pages 127-152
  9. James R. Sellers, Yasuharu Takagi
    Pages 153-181
  10. Alicja Santos, Yauhen Shauchuk, Urszula Cichoń, Kevin C. Vavra, Ronald S. Rock
    Pages 183-197
  11. Ivan V. Maly, Wilma A. Hofmann
    Pages 199-231
  12. Thomas D. Pollard
    Pages 233-244
  13. Lynne M. Coluccio
    Pages 245-316
  14. Thomas B. Friedman, Inna A. Belyantseva, Gregory I. Frolenkov
    Pages 317-330
  15. Karine Frénal, Aarti Krishnan, Dominique Soldati-Favre
    Pages 331-354
  16. Thomas O’Loughlin, John Kendrick-Jones, Folma Buss
    Pages 355-380
  17. Peter J. Hanley, Veith Vollmer, Martin Bähler
    Pages 381-389
  18. Hiroshi Tokuo
    Pages 391-403
  19. Beáta Bugyi, András Kengyel
    Pages 405-419
  20. Manuel H. Taft, Sharissa L. Latham
    Pages 421-438

About this book


Myosins are molecular motors that use the energy from ATP hydrolysis to move and exert tension on actin filaments. Although the best-known myosin is myosin II, which powers skeletal muscle contraction, there are at least two dozen classes of myosins, and cells generally express multiple isoforms. Myosins are involved in multiple cellular activities including cell structure, cell migration, intracellular trafficking, and cell-cell contact.
Importantly, loss of function and mutation are associated with diseases including myopathies, hearing impairment, glomerulosclerosis, and cancer. Written by international experts in myosin motors and the approaches used to study them, this book is expected to provide a comprehensive assessment of the current status of our understanding of the structure and molecular mechanism of myosins and their cellular roles.


migration molecular mechanisms Molecular Motors Actin Filaments Cytoskeleton ATPases Intracellular Transport

Editors and affiliations

  • Lynne M. Coluccio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology & BiophysicsBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

About the editors

Lynne Coluccio, PhD, began her career at Boston University as a Principal Scientist at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute (BBRI) in 1996. After the institute was closed in 2013, she became a Research Associate in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine and has remained since then. While at the BBRI, she played a variety of roles on the committee including as a chair of the Faculty Search Committee and as a member of the Public Relations Committee. Throughout her she career she has mentored dozens of students who have gone into academia, medicine, teaching, and music.

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