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Actin And Myosin Remodeling In The A7r5 Smooth Muscle Cell, Michael E. Fultz Jan 2002

Actin And Myosin Remodeling In The A7r5 Smooth Muscle Cell, Michael E. Fultz

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Active remodeling of the cytoskeleton has been proposed to contribute to the low energy cost and maintenance of the sustained contraction in smooth muscle. Using confocal microscopy and standard immunohistochemical techniques, direct observation of actin remodeling was studied in the contracting A7r5 cell in response to the diacylglycerol (DAG) analog phorbol 12, 13 dibutyrate (PDBu). -actin was shown to exist in the resting cell as parallel stress cables that extend across the cell. Stimulation by PDBu resulted in a sustained contraction that occurred in approximately eighty-five percent of the A7r5 cells. The initial contraction was not uniform, but primarily occurred ...