Mechanochemical model for myosin V

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A rigorous numerical test of a hypothetical mechanism of a molecular motor should model explicitly the diffusive motion of the motor's degrees of freedom as well as the transition rates between the motor's chemical states. We present such a Brownian dynamics, mechanochemcial model of the coarse-grain structure of the dimeric, linear motor myosin V. Compared with run-length data, our model provides strong support for a proposed strain-controlled gating mechanism that enhances processivity. We demonstrate that the diffusion rate of a detached motor head during motor stepping is self-consistent with known kinetic rate constants and can explain the motor's key performance features, such as speed and stall force. We present illustrative and realistic animations of motor stepping in the presence of thermal noise. The quantitative success and illustrative power of this type of model suggest that it will be useful in testing our understanding of a range of biological and synthetic motors.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • Brownian dynamics, molecular motor, strain-dependent gating
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18261-18266
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch