Actin monomer binding proteins

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1995 Feb;7(1):102-10. doi: 10.1016/0955-0674(95)80051-4.


Small actin monomer binding proteins are essential components of the actin polymerization machinery. Originally thought of as passive buffers that prevent polymerization of actin monomers, recent discoveries elucidate how some actin monomer binding proteins can promote as well as inhibit polymerization, and how they cooperate to regulate actin assembly.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Actin Depolymerizing Factors
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Biopolymers
  • Contractile Proteins*
  • Microfilament Proteins / chemistry*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / physiology
  • Profilins
  • Signal Transduction / physiology
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Thymosin / physiology


  • Actin Depolymerizing Factors
  • Biopolymers
  • Contractile Proteins
  • Microfilament Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Profilins
  • Thymosin