Metavinculin differs from vinculin in having an additional insert of 68 to 79 amino acids in length in the C-terminal half of the molecule. Cross-species comparison of metavinculin sequences from pig, man, chicken and frog reveals a division of the insert into two parts: the first variable and the second highly conserved. The longest insert, 79 amino acids, was found in Xenopus laevis. Three different C-terminal constructs of vinculin and metavinculin over-expressed in E. coli could be purified by column chromatography. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and peptide analysis revealed pI values between 8.35 and 10.25 for the recombinant proteins. Biochemical and structural features of the metavinculin-specific sequence and the conserved vinculin/metavinculin carboxy-terminus are discussed.
Useful keywords (using NLM MeSH Indexing)
Amino Acid Sequence
Molecular Sequence Data
Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
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