Thomas Kampourakis

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The effect of phosphorylation on the conformation of the regulatory light chain (cRLC) region of myosin in ventricular trabeculae from rat heart was determined by polarized fluorescence from thiophosphorylated cRLCs labelled with bifunctional sulforhodamine (BSR). Less than 5% of cRLCs were endogenously phosphorylated in this preparation, and similarly low(More)
Understanding how cardiac myosin regulatory light chain (RLC) phosphorylation alters cardiac muscle mechanics is important because it is often altered in cardiac disease. The effect this protein phosphorylation has on muscle mechanics during a physiological range of shortening velocities, during which the heart generates power and performs work, has not(More)
Heart muscle is activated by Ca(2+) to generate force and shortening, and the signaling pathway involves allosteric mechanisms in the thin filament. Knowledge about the structure-function relationship among proteins in the thin filament is critical in understanding the physiology and pathology of the cardiac function, but remains obscure. We investigate the(More)
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