Resolution of Conformational States of Spin-Labeled Myosin during Steady-State ATP Hydrolysis

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We have measured the conventional electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum of spin-labeled myosin filaments as a function of the nucleotide occupancy of the active site of the enzyme. The probe used was 4-(2-iodoacetamido)-2, 2, 6, 6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl (IASL), which reacts specifically with sulfhydryl 1 of the myosin head. In the absence of nucleotide, the probe remains strongly immobilized (rigidly attached to the myosin head) so that no nanosecond rotational motions are detectable. When MgADP is added to IASL-labeled myosin filaments (T = 20 °C), the probe mobility increases slightly. During steady-state MgADP hydrolysis (T = 20 °C), the probe undergoes large-amplitude nanosecond rotational motion. These results are consistent with previous studies of myosin monomers, heavy meromyosin, and myosin subfragment 1. Isoclinic points observed in overlays of sequential EPR spectra recorded during ATP hydrolysis strongly suggest that the probes fall into two motional classes, separated by approximately an order of magnitude in effective rotational correlation time. Both of the observed states are distinct from the conformation of myosin in the absence of nucleotides, and the spectrum of the less mobile population is indistinguishable from that observed in the presence of MgADP. The addition of ADP and vanadate to IASL-myosin gives rise to two motional classes virtually identical with those observed in the presence of ATP, but the relative concentrations of the spin populations are significantly different. We have quantitated the percentage of myosin in each motional state during ATP hydrolysis. The result agrees well with the predicted percentages in the two predominant chemical states in the myosin ATPase cycle. Spectra obtained in the presence of nucleotide analogues permit us to assign the conformational states to specific chemical states. We propose that the two motional classes represent two distinct local conformations of myosin that are in exchange with one another during the ATP hydrolysis reaction cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-323
Number of pages10
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987


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