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Arch Biochem Biophys. 2010 Aug 15;500(2):144-50. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2010 Jun 8.

Localization of the two tropomyosin-binding sites of troponin T.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI 48201, USA.


Troponin T (TnT) binds to tropomyosin (Tm) to anchor the troponin complex in the thin filament, and it thus serves as a vital link in the Ca(2+) regulation of striated muscle contraction. Pioneer work three decades ago determined that the T1 and T2 chymotryptic fragments of TnT each contains a Tm-binding site. A more precise localization of the two Tm-binding sites of TnT remains to be determined. In the present study, we tested serial deletion constructs of TnT and carried out monoclonal antibody competition experiments to show that the T1 region Tm-binding site involves mainly a 39 amino acids segment in the N-terminal portion of the conserved middle region of TnT. We further employed another set of TnT fragments to locate the T2 region Tm-binding site to a segment of 25 amino acids near the beginning of the T2 fragment. The localization of the two Tm-binding sites of TnT provided new information for the structure-function relationship of TnT and the anchoring of troponin complex on muscle thin filament.

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