The rod-shaped conformation of Starmaker.

@article{Kapon2009TheRC,
  title={The rod-shaped conformation of Starmaker.},
  author={Tomasz M Kapłon and Anna Michnik and Zofia Drzazga and Klaus Richter and Marian Kochman and Andrzej Ożyhar},
  journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta},
  year={2009},
  volume={1794 11},
  pages={1616-24}
}
Fish otoliths are calcium carbonate biominerals responsible for gravity sensing and the perception of sound. The otoliths formation is controlled by Starmaker (Stm), a protein which belongs to a class of intrinsically disordered proteins. Here, we utilized analytical ultracentrifugation along with Ferguson's analysis of the electrophoretic data to demonstrate that Stm exists in solution as a monomer. The Stm frictional ratio has an unusually high value ranging from 2.6 to 3.1 depending on the… CONTINUE READING