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Thursday 18 March 2004

Sarcomeres is the smallest contractile units of striated muscle. They are the most regular macromolecular assemblies in biology, with precisely assigned localizations for their constituent proteins.

They are complex multiple locations for several sarcomere proteins within the sarcomere and other cellular compartments such as the nucleus. Several of these proteins appear to relocalize in response to mechanical stimuli.


- skeletal myocyte sarcomere
- cardiomyocyte sarcomere


- thick filament

  • cardiac myosin binding protein C
  • regulatory and essential light chains
  • beta myosin heavy chain

- thin filament

  • troponin-I
  • troponin-T
  • tropomyosin
  • actin


- sarcomeropathies

See also

- protein networks
- contractile machinery
- cell survival
- protein breakdown
- gene expression
- extracellular signaling


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