Figure 34.17. Watching a Single Motor Protein in Action.

Figure 34.17Watching a Single Motor Protein in Action

(A) An actin filament (blue) is placed above a heavy meromyosin (HMM) fragment (yellow) that projects from a bead on a glass slide. A bead attached to each end of the actin filament is held in an optical trap produced by a focused, intense infrared laser beam (orange). The position of these beads can be measured with nanometer precision. (B) Recording of the displacement of the actin filament induced by the addition of ATP. [After J. T. Finer, R. M. Simmons, and J. A. Spudich. Nature 368(1994):113.]

From: Section 34.2, Myosins Move Along Actin Filaments

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