Alpha-actinin and spectrin have common structural domains

FEBS Lett. 1987 Aug 31;221(1):73-6. doi: 10.1016/0014-5793(87)80354-x.


The alpha- and beta-subunits of spectrin are made of repeated homologous units of 106 residues. In the recently reported partial sequence of the chicken non-muscle alpha-actinin, a repetitive sequence homologous to the internal repeat in spectrin occurs several times. Both spectrin and alpha-actinin are components of the cytoskeletal network, the integrity of which is based on multiple and complex interactions. We suggest that the shared domain structure indicates common structural principles or interactions of spectrin and alpha-actinin and reflects their common evolution.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Actinin*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Chickens
  • Dictyostelium
  • Spectrin*


  • Actinin
  • Spectrin