Analysis of the ATPase mechanism of myosin subfragment 1 from insect fibrillar flight muscle in the presence and absence of actin, using phosphate-water oxygen exchange measurements

J Muscle Res Cell Motil. 1987 Dec;8(6):537-40. doi: 10.1007/BF01567912.


Phosphate-water oxygen exchange was measured during ATPase activity of myosin subfragment 1, isolated from Lethocerus flight muscle. The result supports a mechanism including a rapid reversible ATP cleavage step followed by slow Pi release, so that extensive exchange occurs by multiple reversals of the cleavage step. Interaction with actin accelerates Pi release and reduces the extent of exchange. These properties are similar to vertebrate skeletal muscle subfragment 1. Differences in kinetic properties between insect flight and rabbit skeletal muscle exhibited in the fibres, particularly in respect of the strain activation of insect flight muscle, are not exhibited in the isolated myosin heads and are therefore probably due to organization within the fibre lattice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Actins / metabolism*
  • Actomyosin / physiology
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / metabolism*
  • Adenosine Triphosphate / metabolism
  • Animals
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Insecta
  • Muscle Contraction*
  • Myosin Subfragments
  • Myosins / metabolism
  • Oxygen
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism
  • Phosphates
  • Water


  • Actins
  • Myosin Subfragments
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Phosphates
  • Water
  • Adenosine Triphosphate
  • Actomyosin
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases
  • Myosins
  • Oxygen