In the past, molecular motor proteins like kinesins have been investigated with macromolecular approaches. Recent research on kinesins has been focused on resolving how kinesin is regulated by intramolecular dynamics.
Kinesins are motor proteins which move along microtubules in cells. This movement is driven by ATP hydrolysis, meaning kinesins exhibit ATPase activity. Thus kinesins are crucial for basic cellular function such as meiosis, mitosis, and transport of cargo in cells. Usually kinesins move from the cell centre to the periphery of the cell (anterograde transport). Dynein on the other hand moves along microtubules in the opposite direction allowing retrograde transport towards the cell centre.
Two main technical approaches are currently used to measure kinesin based dynamic mechanisms:
1. Total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy to observe single kinesin motors and
2. Sub-domain swapping from one motor to another.
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#1 Kinesin motor domains
- Kinesin heavy chain (KHC) motor domain protein
- CENP-E kinesin motor domain protein
- Eg5 kinesin motor domain protein
- BimC Aspergillus nidulans
- Chromokinesin Human
- KIF3C Human
- KIFC3 Human
- MCAK Human
- MKLP Human
- KIF7 motor domain – (on enquiry)
#2 Kinesin motor activity assays
#3 Microtubules and tubulin
- Dynein (cytoplasmic) – (on enquiry)
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