Cardiac contractile proteins. Adenosine triphosphatase activity and physiological function.
This review has pointed out the good correlation frequently observed between ATPase activity of various contractile protein preparations and contractile function of various muscles including the myocardium. Some of the variables in the measurement of the various ATPases and the relationship of these measurements to physiological ATPase in the intact myofibril have been mentioned. The possible roles of changes in the light chains of sulfhydryl groups in the control of ATPase activity have been outlined. The possibility that phosphorylating reactions might exert control over physiological activity remains to be clarified. It is evident that, despite the large amount of research that has been done, our understanding of how the biochemistry of contractile proteins relates to physiological function is in its infancy, and only with a more complete elucidation of the underlying biochemistry of the components of contractile proteins of physiological and pathophysiological adaptations become evident.
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