Principles of Unconventional Myosin Function and Targeting

Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305, USA.
Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology (Impact Factor: 16.66). 05/2011; 27(1):133-55. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-cellbio-100809-151502
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Unconventional myosins are a superfamily of actin-based motors implicated in diverse cellular processes. In recent years, much progress has been made in describing their biophysical properties, and headway has been made into analyzing their cellular functions. Here, we focus on the principles that guide in vivo motor function and targeting to specific cellular locations. Rather than describe each motor comprehensively, we outline the major themes that emerge from research across the superfamily and use specific examples to illustrate each. In presenting the data in this format, we seek to identify open questions in each field as well as to point out commonalities between them. To advance our understanding of myosins' roles in vivo, clearly we must identify their cellular cargoes and the protein complexes that regulate motor attachment to fully appreciate their functions on the cellular and developmental levels.

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    • "Intriguingly, we found different nuclear myosins are recruited to different parts of viral replication centers, suggesting potentially unique functions for each myosin protein (Figs. 5 and 6). Surprisingly, neither NMI overexpression nor MVI ATPase inhibition caused significant alterations in viral replication (data not shown), however tools to probe the different structural and motor activities of the non-conventional myosins remain lacking[45,46]. Because nuclear actin, NMI and MVI are known general transcription factors and components of the preinitiation complex[37,38,47], recruitment of these proteins to sites of pol II probably facilitate transcription of the viral genome. On the other hand, we cannot exclude their potential role in viral DNA replication since both of these processes have been localized to the same centers[24]. "
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    • "In particular, myosin motor proteins, which bind to and travel along actin filaments, control multiple processes in microvilli and stereocilia. Myosins have been implicated in transporting, anchoring and concentrating protein complexes and membrane vesicles, in exerting tension force on the plasma membrane and in influencing the structure of actin networks (reviewed by Krendel and Mooseker, 2005; Nambiar et al., 2010; Schwander et al., 2010; Hartman et al., 2011). One of the myosins that regulates actin-rich membrane protrusions in Drosophila and vertebrates is Myosin VIIA (Myo7A) (reviewed by El-Amraoui et al., 2008). "
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    • "The MLC is an essential component of this family that is responsible for cytoskeletal dynamics for communication, migration and cell division (Sellers, 2000; Redowicz, 2007; Hartman et al., 2011) Myosin has an important role in the processes related to structural stabilization and cellular dynamics, rendering the cell membrane resistant to potential deformations. Furthermore, myosin is involved in actin-enabled motor mechanisms and the organization of actin in the intracellular space (Hartman et al., 2011; Kneussel and Wagner, 2013). FLNa, a substrate of PAK, is also an important cellular structural component. "
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