Roisean E Ferguson

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A new method is described for measuring motions of protein domains in their native environment on the physiological timescale. Pairs of cysteines are introduced into the domain at sites chosen from its static structure and are crosslinked by a bifunctional rhodamine. Domain orientation in a reconstituted macromolecular complex is determined by combining(More)
A recently developed approach for mapping protein-domain orientations in the cellular environment was used to investigate the Ca(2+)-dependent structural changes in the tropomyosin/troponin complex on the actin filament that regulate muscle contraction. Polarized fluorescence from bifunctional rhodamine probes attached along four alpha helices of troponin C(More)
Structural changes in myosin power many types of cell motility including muscle contraction. Tilting of the myosin light chain domain (LCD) seems to be the final step in transducing the energy of ATP hydrolysis, amplifying small structural changes near the ATP binding site into nanometer-scale motions of the filaments. Here we used polarized fluorescence(More)
The structure of the calcium-saturated regulatory domain of skeletal troponin C (sNTnC) complexed with the switch peptide comprising residues 115-131 of troponin I (TnI), and with a bifunctional rhodamine fluorescent label attached to residues 56 (E56C) and 63 (E63C) on the C helix of sNTnC, has been determined using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)(More)
The orientation of the regulatory light chain (RLC) region of the myosin heads in relaxed skinned fibers from rabbit psoas muscle was investigated by polarized fluorescence from bifunctional rhodamine (BR) probes cross-linking pairs of cysteine residues introduced into the RLC. Pure 1:1 BR-RLC complexes were exchanged into single muscle fibers in EDTA rigor(More)
The orientation of the ELC region of myosin in skeletal muscle was determined by polarized fluorescence from ELC mutants in which pairs of introduced cysteines were cross-linked by BSR. The purified ELC-BSRs were exchanged for native ELC in demembranated fibers from rabbit psoas muscle using a trifluoperazine-based protocol that preserved fiber function. In(More)
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