Published Online: 25 APR 2001
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Kendrick-Jones, J., Hodge, T., Lister, I., Roberts, R. and Buss, F. 2001. Myosin Superfamily. eLS. .
- Published Online: 25 APR 2001
Myosins are a large family of actin-based mechanoenzymes that bind and hydrolyse ATP to generate the force and movement along actin filaments necessary to drive a wide variety of cellular functions. Phylogenetic analysis has so far identified 17 distinct classes of myosin (designated I–XVII).
- myosin I;
- myosin II;
- myosin V;
- myosins VI, VII, XV;
- plant myosins VIII, XI, XIII