Mapping of actin-binding sites on the heavy chain of myosin subfragment 1

Biochemistry. 1983 Mar 29;22(7):1579-85. doi: 10.1021/bi00276a009.


When the rigor complex of actin and myosin subfragment 1 (S1) was treated with a zero-length cross-linker, 1-ethyl-3-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]carbodiimide, covalently linked complexes of actin and S1 heavy chain with apparent molecular weights of 165,000 and 175,000 were generated. Measurements of the molar ratio of actin to S1 heavy chain in the 165K and 175K products showed that they were 1:1 complexes of actin and S1 heavy chain. Chemical cleavages of the cross-linked products followed by peptide mappings revealed that two distinct segments of S1 heavy chain spanning the 18K-20K region and the 27K-35K region from its C terminus participated in cross-linking with actin. Cross-linking of actin to the former site generated the 165K peptide while the latter site was responsible for generating the 175K peptide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Actins / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Molecular Weight
  • Myosin Subfragments
  • Myosins / metabolism*
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism*
  • Rabbits
  • Trypsin / metabolism


  • Actins
  • Myosin Subfragments
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Trypsin
  • Myosins