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  1. James R Sellers

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006149



How to Cite

Sellers, J. R. 2006. Myosins. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Lung and Blood Institute, National Heart, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Myosins are molecular motors that move or interact with actin filaments to perform a variety of functions in cells. The multiple myosin genes in humans contain a conserved motor domain that harbors the machinery needed to interact with actin and hydrolyze ATP. Other functional domains exist to determine the localization and anchoring of the molecule.


  • myosin;
  • molecular motor;
  • ATPase;
  • motility;
  • deafness;
  • actomyosin;
  • cytoskeleton