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Functional Characterisation of Dictyostelium Myosin II with Conserved Tryptophanyl Residue 501 Mutated to Tyrosine

R. Batra and D. J. Manstein
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We created a Dictyostelium discoideum myosin II mutant in which the highly conserved residue Trp-501 was replaced by a tyrosine residue. The mutant myosin alone, when expressed in a Dictyostelium strain lacking the functional myosin II heavy chain gene, supported cytokinesis and multicellular development, processes which require a functional myosin in Dictyostelium. Additionally, we expressed the W501Y mutant in the soluble myosin head fragment M761-2R (W501Y-2R) to characterise the kinetic properties of the mutant myosin motor domain. The affinity of the mutant myosin for actin was approximately 6-fold decreased, but other kinetic properties of the protein were changed less than 2-fold by the W501Y mutation. Based on spectroscopic studies and structural considerations, Trp-501, corresponding to Trp-510 in chicken fast skeletal muscle myosin, has been proposed to be the primary ATP-sensitive tryptophanyl residue. Our results confirm these conclusions. While the wild-type construct displayed a 10% fluorescence increase, addition of ATP to W501Y-2R was not followed by an increase in tryptophan fluorescence emission.

Published Online: 2005-06-01
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