Myosin Motors: The Chemical Restraints Imposed by ATP

  • I. Rayment
  • J. Allingham
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 711)


Most molecular motors use ATP. This is not surprising since this is the universal currency of energy for most of life’s processes. The question to be addressed in this chapter is how does the fundamental chemistry of ATP hydrolysis in- fluence the observed organization of linear molecular motors seen today with a focus on myosin. This chapter is written to ask in simple terms what can be gained by reconsidering the chemistry of ATP hydrolysis.


Molecular Motor Myosin Head Motor Domain Myosin Motor Myosin Versus 
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  • I. Rayment
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  • J. Allingham
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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