Motor proteins and movement

  • Engelbert Buxbaum


The cell skeleton forms a scaffold, along which motor proteins can move. These proteins convert the chemical energy of ATP-hydrolysis into mechanical energy. Movement is uni-directional, either from minus to plus or vice versa. The most important systems are microfilament/myosin and microtubule/kinesin and -dynamin.


Motor Protein Mitotic Spindle Myosin Head Regulatory Light Chain Equatorial Plate 


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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Engelbert Buxbaum
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryRoss University School of MedicineWest Indies

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