Actomyosin from Physarum polycephalum: Electron Microscopy of Myosin-Enriched Preparations

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Science  13 Nov 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3959, pp. 743-745
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3959.743


Negatively stained slime mold actomyosin examined by electron microscopy consists mainly of actin-like filaments with occasional angular projections. If some of the actin is removed, the myosin-enriched actomyosin appears as continuous arrowhead structures similar to those of vertebrate striated muscle actomyosin. Together with other evidence, the findings suggest that cytoplasmic streaming in Physarum may involve a contractile process operating at a relatively low myosin-actin ratio.

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