The optical trapping dumbbell assay for nonprocessive motors or motors that turn around filaments

James A. Spudich, Sarah E. Rice, Ronald S. Rock, Thomas J. Purcell, Hans M. Warrick

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Abstract

In vitro motility assays enabled the analysis of coupling between ATP hydrolysis and movement of myosin along actin filaments or kinesin along microtubules. Single-molecule assays using laser trapping have been used to obtain more detailed information about kinesins, myosins, and processive DNA enzymes. The combination of in vitro motility assays with laser-trap measurements has revealed detailed dynamic structural changes associated with the ATPase cycle. This protocol describes the preparation of biotin-actin filaments and coverslips coated with polystyrene beads. These are then used in optical trapping dumbbell assays to study interactions between motors and filaments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1372-1374
Number of pages3
JournalCold Spring Harbor Protocols
Volume6
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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