Role of Titin in Nonmuscle and Smooth Muscle Cells
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Extensive investigation of vertebrate striated muscle titin has yielded significant insight into its structure and function in striated muscle. We have begun to investigate other members of the titin protein family found in vertebrate smooth muscle and nonmuscle cells. Smooth and nonmuscle titins resemble striated muscle titin in molecular size and morphology but differ in their interactions with myosin II filaments and in the structural contexts in which they exist in vivo. Divergence of these titins from the muscle titin paradigm demonstrates the versatility of this remarkable family of giant proteins.
KeywordsActin Filament Stress Fiber Brush Border Thick Filament Myosin Filament
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