Directionality and processivity of molecular motors.
Analysis of a mutant with altered directionality has led to new insights into motor directionality. The prediction from current models for processivity of a two-heads-bound state has been confirmed by electron microscopy for myosin V and by unbinding experiments for kinesin. Evidence is emerging that non-processive motors bind their filament with one head, hydrolyze ATP and then release, requiring binding by a second motor to complete a step.
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