M Alexander Shaw

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The structural change that generates force and motion in actomyosin motility has been proposed to be tilting of the myosin light chain domain, which serves as a lever arm. Several experimental approaches have provided support for the lever arm hypothesis; however, the extent and timing of tilting motions are not well defined in the motor protein complex of(More)
N-Benzyl-p-toluenesulfonamide (BTS) is a small organic molecule that specifically inhibits the contraction of fast skeletal muscle fibers. To determine the mechanism of inhibition by BTS, we performed a kinetic analysis of its effects on the elementary steps of the actomyosin subfragment-1 ATPase cycle. BTS decreases the steady-state acto-S1 ATPase rate(More)
The utilization of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry for the analytical detection and quantification of phosphoinositides and other lipids in lipid extracts from biological samples was explored. Since phosphatidylcholine species in crude extracts have been shown to cause ion suppression of the MS signals for other(More)
To assess the relative importance of lake chemistry, morphometry and zoogeography on limnetic zooplankton, we collected zooplankton, water, and morphometric data from 132 headwater Canadian Shield lakes in 6 regions across north-central Ontario. A subset of these lakes (n = 52) were fished with gill nets. We clustered lakes based on their zooplankton(More)
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