Characterization of β-actinin: A suppressor of the elongation at the pointed end of thin filaments in skeletal muscle

Takashi Funatsu, Shin'ichi Ishiwata

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    9 Citations (Scopus)


    We examined the physico-chemical properties and the functions of β-actinin by using a β-actinin preparation having the same properties as those reported by Maruyama et al. (J. Biochem. 81, 215-232, 1977). β-Actinin was composed of two components with molecular weights (estimated by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis) of 35,000 and 31,000 daltons. Their isoelectric points in 8 M urea were, respectively, 5.9 and 5.4, clearly distinguishable from those of tropomyosin, troponin T and some enzymes having similar molecular weights. β-Actinin suppressed the polymerization of actin onto the free end, i.e., the pointed end, of thin filaments in an I-Z-I brush prepared by dissolving thick filaments of a myofibril at high ionic strength. Further, β-actinin suppressed the association of actin to the whole region of an I-Z-I brush. The present study indicates that β-actinin is composed of two components and functions as a suppressor of elongation at the pointed end of thin filaments, supporting the conclusions of Maruyama et al. (J. Biochem. 81, 215-232, 1977).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)535-544
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Biochemistry
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1985 Aug


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Physiology (medical)
    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Molecular Biology
    • Biochemistry

    Cite this