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Elliott & Elliott: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4e

Chapter 08

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Muscle contraction

Holmes, K. C. (1997). The swinging lever arm hypothesis of muscle contraction. Curr. Biol., 7, R1, 12-18 [DOI: 10.1016/S0960-9822(06)00051-0].

Clarke, M. (1998). Sighting of the swinging lever arm of muscle. Nature, 395, 443 [DOI: 10.1038/26629] [PubMed: 9774095].
A brief News and Views account of the three-dimensional structure of the myosin motor head.

Weir, A. (2000). Muscular dystrophy. Curr. Biol., 10, R92 [DOI: 10.1016/S0960-9822(00)00321-3].
A one-page quick guide giving essentials of the molecular aspects of the disease.

Spence, H. J., Chen, Y.-J., and Winder, S. J. (2002). Muscular dystrophies, the cytoskeleton and cell adhesion. BioEssays, 24, 542-52 [DOI: 10.1002/bies.10098] [PubMed: 12111737].

Smooth muscle contraction

Small, J. V. (1995). Structure-function relationships in smooth muscle: the missing links. BioEssays, 17, 785-92 [DOI: 10.1002/bies.950170908] [PubMed: 8763831].
Discusses the structural organization of the smooth muscle cell and control of contraction.

Green, N. M. and MacLennan, D. H. (2002). Calcium calisthenics. Nature, 418, 598-9 [DOI: 10.1038/418598b] [PubMed: 12167844].
A detailed look at sarcoplasmic Ca2+ ATPase.

Halsall, P. J. and Hopkins, P. M. (2002). Malignant hyperthermia. Br. J. Anaesth., 3, 5-9.

Actin filament assembly

Higgs, H. N. (2005). Formin proteins: a domain based approach. Trends Biochem. Sci., 30, 342-53 [DOI: 10.1016/j.tibs.2005.04.014].

Popowicz, G. M. et al. (2006). Filamins: promiscuous organiser of the cytoskeleton. Trends Biochem. Sci., 31, 411-9 [DOI: 10.1016/j.tibs.2006.05.006].
Filamins - a group of proteins involved in the assembly of the actin network.

Goode, B. L., and Eck. M. J. (2007). Mechanism and function of formins in the control of actin assembly. Annu. Rev. Biochem., 76, 593-627 [DOI: 10.1146/annurev.biochem.75.103004.142647].
A comprehensive review probably more suitable for instructors.

Intermediate filaments

Helfand, B. T., et al. (2004). Intermediate filaments are dynamic and mobile elements of cellular architecture. J. Cell Sci., 117, 133-41 [DOI: 10.1242/jcs.00936].
Commentary on motility associated with IF assembly, disassembly, and subcellular organization.

Bishr Omary, M., Ku, Nam-On, Guo-ZhongTao, and Liao, J. (2006). Heads and tails? of intermediate filament phosphorylation: multiple sites and functional insights. Trends Biochem. Sci., 31, 383-94 [DOI: 10.1016/j.tibs.2006.05.008].

Cell movement

Banting, G. and Higgins, S. J. (eds.). (2000). Molecular motors. Essays Biochem., 36, 1-29.
A complete issue devoted to 13 reviews on molecular motors.

Cross, R. A. and Carter, N. J. (2000). Molecular motors. Curr. Biol., 10, R177-9 [DOI: 10.1016/S0960-9822(00)00368-7].
One of the ?primer? series which gives essential information in a couple of pages.

Sablin, E. P. (2000). Kinesins and microtubules: their structures and motor mechanisms. Curr. Opin. Cell Biol., 12, 35-41 [DOI: 10.1016/S0955-0674(99)00054-X].
Reviews mainly structural aspects

Schliwa, M. and Woehlke, G. (2001). Switching on kinesin. Nature, 411, 424-5 [DOI: 10.1038/35078167] [PubMed: 11373655].
A News and Views article on the structure and mechanism of kinesin.

Burgess, S. A. (2003). Dynein structure and power stroke. Nature, 421, 715-18 [DOI: 10.1038/nature01377] [PubMed: 12610617].

Various authors. (2003). A special issue on molecular machines. BioEssays, 25, 1145-235 [DOI: 10.1002/bies.10390].
A thematic issue on molecules or molecular complexes that perform functions involving the conversion of chemical energy into molecular or chemical work.

Microtubules in cell movement

Byard, E. H. and Lange, B. M. H. (1991). Tubulin and microtubules. Essays Biochem., 26, 13-25.
Excellent general review

Goldstein, L. S. B. (1993). With apologies to Scheherazade: tails of 1001 kinesin motors. Ann. Review Genetics, 27, 319-51 [DOI: 10.1146/annurev.ge.27.120193.001535].
An in-depth review of these minimotors with useful overviews.

Walker, R. A. and Sheetz, M. P. (1993). Cytoplasmic microtubule-associated motors. Annu. Rev. Biochem., 62, 429-51 [DOI: 10.1146/annurev.bi.62.070193.002241].
Detailed review of the minimotors and their roles

Wallee, R. B. and Sheetz, M. P. (1996). Targeting of motor proteins. Science, 271, 1539-44 [DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5255.1539].
Discusses the movements of kinesins and dyneins on microtubules.

Microtubules in vesicle transport

McNiven, M. A. and Ward, J. B. (1988). Calcium regulation of pigment transport in vitro. J. Cell Biol., 106, 111-25 [DOI: 10.1083/jcb.106.1.111].
A research paper but readable

Allkan, V. J. and Schroer, T. A. (1999). Membrane motors. Curr. Opin. Cell Biol., 11, 476-82 [DOI: 10.1016/S0955-0674(99)80068-4].
Reviews membrane vesicle traffic along actin and microtubule tracks.

Endow, S. A. (2003) Kinesin motors as molecular machines. BioEssays, 25, 1212-19 [DOI: 10.1002/bies.10358] [PubMed: 14635256].
Transport processes within the cytoplasm which move vesicles and other organelles along actin filaments and microtubules.

Microtubules in mitosis

Cande, W. Z. and Hogan, C. J. (1989). The mechanism of anaphase spindle formation. BioEssays, 11, 5-9 [DOI: 10.1002/bies.950110103] [PubMed: 2673231].

Glover, D. M., Gonzalez, C., and Raff, J. W. (1993). The centrosome. Sci. Am., 268, 32-9.
Useful review of this relatively little-known structure.

Desai, A. (2000). Kinetocores. Curr. Biol., 10, R508 [DOI: 10.1016/S0960-9822(00)00592-3].
A one-page guide

Sharp, D. J., Rogers, G. C., and Scholey, J. M. (2000). Microtubule motors in mitosis. Nature, 407, 41-7 [DOI: 10.1038/35024000] [PubMed: 10993066].

Wittman, T., Hyman, A., and Desai, A. (2001). The spindle: a dynamic assembly of microtubules and motors. Nat. Cell Biol., 3, E28-E34 [DOI: 10.1038/35050669].