Andrew Drozdov

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Myorod, a new protein of molluscan smooth muscles, is localized on the surface of paramyosin core of thick filaments together with myosin [Shelud'ko et al. (1999) Comp Biochem Physiol, 122, 277]. This protein is an alternatively spliced product of the myosin heavy chain gene. It contains the C-terminal rod part of myosin and a unique N-terminal domain(More)
Protein solubilized in large quantities in solutions of low ionic strength, when myofibril-like preparations were isolated from ambulacral tube, was shown to be actin. When gelation of sarcoplasmic proteins occurs a gel consisting of actin microfilaments bundles is formed. The factor which inhibits actin polymerization is liberated during gel formation. The(More)
Originating in nature, the combination of spongin protein with silicon dioxide extracted from seawater by silicatein protein presents a natural nanocomposite material of unique optical and mechanical properties. Mechanically, it combines the elasticity of protein with the flexibility and durability of silica. The light propagation inside spicules of glass(More)
The study is concerned with the polymerization of myorod, a protein from thick filaments of molluscan smooth muscles, which is an alternative product of the gene of myosin heavy chains. The dependences of the properties and polymer structure of myorod on the conditions of its formation were investigated. It was shown that myorod loses the ability to form(More)
This study examines the gonad condition and gamete morphology of the Arctic deep-sea holothurian Molpadia borealis M. Sars, 1859 (Molpadiidae) collected from the Kara Sea in September 2006. The intensive process of gametogenesis observed in the holothurian gonads was close to completion, suggesting upcoming spawning. The sperm ultrastructure in M. borealis(More)
The fine structure of the gametes in six sea urchin species of the Sea of Japan was studied. The spermatozoons in Strongylocentrotus nudus, S. intermedius, Echinocardium cordatum, Scaphechinus mirabilis, Sc. grizeus and Echinarachnius parma are species-specific. The conical head and symmetrically disposed ring-shape mitochondrion are common to regular sea(More)
The dynamics of development of Strongylocentrotus nudus sea urchin twins has been studied after centrifugation at 2,000 g for 5 min and incubation in hypotonic medium after fertilization till formation of the first cleavage furrow. Cortex rigidity was found to correlate with the frequency of twins occurrence. The largest amount of twins forms after(More)
The ultrastructure of the Retzius cell (gigantic neurone) mitochondria of the medical leech was investigated. After seven repeated injections of hydrocortisone into the coelomic cavity, the transformation of laminar cristae of mitochondria into tubule-vesiculated structures was discovered. A question of correlation between the structure and function(More)