08/02/2019 – M. Lenz – Why does actomyosin contract?

Séminaire régulier IUSTI – 8 févr. 2019 – 11h salle 250

Why does actomyosin contract?

MArtin Lenz – LPTMS, Paris

The motion of living cells is in large part due to the interaction of semi-flexible actin filaments (F-actin) and myosin molecular motors, which induce the relative sliding of F-actin. It is often assumed that this simple sliding is sufficient to account for all actomyosin-based motion. While this is correct in our highly organized striated muscle, we question the application of this dogma to less ordered actomyosin systems, thus reexamining a cornerstone of our understanding of cellular motion.