Unconventional myosins: New frontiers in actin-based motors

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Abstract

The unconventional myosins are a superfamily of actin-based motors responsible for a rich away of intracellular motility events. Recent evidence suggests that these motors play important roles in cell migration, endocytosis and intracellular transport. Several genetic mutants have been identified whose abnormalities are the result of the loss of a specific myosin. This article describes how analysis of these mutants, coupled with basic studies of the intracellular localization and biochemical properties of individual myosins, is leading to a clearer understanding of the in vivo function of a number of these interesting motor proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Cell Biology
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1997

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