Roles of type II myosin and a tropomyosin isoform in retrograde actin flow in budding yeast

J Cell Biol. 2006 Dec 18;175(6):957-69. doi: 10.1083/jcb.200609155.


Retrograde flow of cortical actin networks and bundles is essential for cell motility and retrograde intracellular movement, and for the formation and maintenance of microvilli, stereocilia, and filopodia. Actin cables, which are F-actin bundles that serve as tracks for anterograde and retrograde cargo movement in budding yeast, undergo retrograde flow that is driven, in part, by actin polymerization and assembly. We find that the actin cable retrograde flow rate is reduced by deletion or delocalization of the type II myosin Myo1p, and by deletion or conditional mutation of the Myo1p motor domain. Deletion of the tropomyosin isoform Tpm2p, but not the Tpm1p isoform, increases the rate of actin cable retrograde flow. Pretreatment of F-actin with Tpm2p, but not Tpm1p, inhibits Myo1p binding to F-actin and Myo1p-dependent F-actin gliding. These data support novel, opposing roles of Myo1p and Tpm2 in regulating retrograde actin flow in budding yeast and an isoform-specific function of Tpm1p in promoting actin cable function in myosin-driven anterograde cargo transport.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Actin Cytoskeleton
  • Actins / metabolism*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / genetics
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Myosin Type II / physiology*
  • Protein Isoforms
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / genetics
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Saccharomycetales / growth & development
  • Saccharomycetales / metabolism*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Tropomyosin / physiology*


  • Actins
  • Protein Isoforms
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Tropomyosin
  • enhanced green fluorescent protein
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Myosin Type II