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Obscurin (approximately 800 kDa) in striated muscle closely surrounds sarcomeres at the level of the M-band and Z-disk where, we hypothesize, it participates in the assembly of the contractile apparatus and membrane systems required for Ca2+ homeostasis. In this study, we used small inhibitory RNA (siRNA) technology to reduce the levels of obscurin in(More)
Obscurin is a recently identified giant multidomain muscle protein (approximately 800 kDa) whose structural and regulatory functions remain to be defined. The goal of this study was to examine the effect of obscurin gene silencing induced by RNA interference on the dynamics of myofibrillogenesis and hypertrophic response to phenylephrine in cultured rat(More)
Myosin light chain kinases (MLCK) are a family of signaling proteins that are required for cytoskeletal remodeling in myocytes. Recently, two novel MLCK proteins, SPEG and obscurin-MLCK, were identified with the unique feature of two tandemly-arranged MLCK domains. In this study, the evolutionary origins of this MLCK subfamily were traced to a probable(More)
We isolated a human cDNA by expression cloning and characterized its gene product as a new human protein that enables entry and infection of herpes simplex virus (HSV). The gene, designated hfl-B5, encodes a type II cell surface membrane protein, B5, that is broadly expressed in human primary tissue and cell lines. It contains a high-scoring heptad repeat(More)
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