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J Biochem. 1991 Jul;110(1):54-9.

The primary structure of skeletal muscle myosin heavy chain: I. Sequence of the amino-terminal 23 kDa fragment.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Nagasaki University School of Medicine.


Subfragment-1 was prepared from adult chicken pectoralis myosin by limited digestion with alpha-chymotrypsin, and an amino-terminal 23 kDa fragment of the heavy chain was obtained by digesting the subfragment-1 with trypsin. The 205-residue sequence of the fragment was determined by sequencing its cyanogen bromide, tryptic, and chymotryptic peptides. The amino-terminal alpha-amino group of the fragment was acetylated, and two methylated lysines; epsilon-N-monomethyllysine and epsilon-N-trimethyllysine were recognized at the 35th and 130th positions, respectively, as in rabbit skeletal myosin. Comparing the 205-residue sequence of the skeletal myosin with those of cardiac, and gizzard myosins from chicken, considerable differences are recognized, especially in the amino-terminal region, but strong homologies are observed around the reactive lysine residue, around the epsilon-N-trimethyllysine residue, and around the consensus sequence of GXXGXGKT for nucleotide-binding proteins. On the other hand, only 12 amino acid substitutions are recognized between adult and embryonic skeletal myosins, allowing for the post-translational methylation.

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