Alexander Minin

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The motor protein kinesin is implicated in the intracellular transport of organelles along microtubules. Kinesin light chains (KLCs) have been suggested to mediate the selective binding of kinesin to its cargo. To test this hypothesis, we isolated KLC cDNA clones from a CHO-K1 expression library. Using sequence analysis, they were found to encode five(More)
The distribution of mitochondria is strictly controlled by the cell because of their vital role in energy supply, regulation of cytosolic Ca2+ concentration and apoptosis. We employed cultured mammalian CV-1 cells and Drosophila BG2-C2 neuronal cells with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-tagged mitochondria to investigate the regulation of their(More)
Previously, we have shown that melanosomes of Xenopus laevis melanophores are transported along both microtubules and actin filaments in a coordinated manner, and that myosin V is bound to purified melanosomes (Rogers, S., and V.I. Gelfand. 1998. Curr. Biol. 8:161-164). In the present study, we have demonstrated that myosin V is the actin-based motor(More)
Conventional kinesin is a motor protein implicated in the transport of a variety of cytoplasmic organelles along microtubules. The kinesin molecule consists of two heavy chains with motor domains at their amino termini and two light chains, which, together with the carboxyl termini of the heavy chains, are proposed to mediate binding to cargoes. Since the(More)
Conventional kinesin is a multifunctional motor protein that transports numerous organelles along microtubules. The specificity of kinesin-cargo binding is thought to depend on the type(s) of light chains that a kinesin molecule contains. We have shown previously that different isoforms of kinesin light chains are associated with different types of cargo,(More)
Association of mitochondrial population to a mitochondrial reticulum is typical of many types of the healthy cells. This allows the cell to organize a united intracellular power-transmitting system. However, such an association can create some difficulties for the cell when a part of the reticulum is damaged or when mitochondria should migrate from one cell(More)
The morphology and location of the Golgi apparatus (GA) has been shown to change upon microtubule (Mt) depolymerization. The GA in different cell types undergoes fragmentation and dispersal throughout the cytoplasm upon treatment with nocodazole. In this study experiments were performed on human skin fibroblasts (HSFs) and rat fibroblasts (REF 52) to(More)
This study demonstrates that the association of mitochondria with vimentin intermediate filaments (VIFs) measurably increases their membrane potential. This increase is detected by quantitatively comparing the fluorescence intensity of mitochondria stained with the membrane potential-sensitive dye tetramethylrhodamine-ethyl ester (TMRE) in murine(More)
Indirect immunofluorescent microscopy was used to study the distribution of elongation factor 2 (eEF-2) in fixed human skin diploid and mouse embryo fibroblasts. It was found earlier that some of the eEF-2, ribosomes and initiation factor 2 (eIF-2) are co-localized with a part of the actin microfilament bundles in these cells (Gavrilova et al., 1987;(More)
The positioning of the nucleus is achieved by two interconnected processes, anchoring and migration, both of which are controlled by cytoskeleton structures. Rotation is a special type of nuclear motility in many cell types, but its significance remains unclear. We used a vimentin-null cell line, MFT-16, which shows extensive nuclear rotation to study the(More)