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Official Full Name
myosin, light chain 2, regulatory, cardiac, slow
Background
Myosins comprise a family of ATP-dependent motor proteins and are best known for their role in muscle contraction and their involvement in a wide range of other eukaryotic motility processes. They are responsible for actin-based motility. The term was originally used to describe a group of similar ATPases found in striated and smooth muscle cells. Following the discovery by Pollard and Korn of enzymes with myosin-like function in Acanthamoeba castellanii, a large number of divergent myosin genes have been discovered throughout eukaryotes. Thus, although myosin was originally thought to be restricted to muscle cells (hence, "myo"), there is no single "myosin" but rather a huge superfamily of genes whose protein products share the basic properties of actin binding, ATP hydrolysis (ATPase enzyme activity), and force transduction. Virtually all eukaryotic cells contain myosin isoforms. Some isoforms have specialized functions in certain cell types (such as muscle), while other isoforms are ubiquitous. The structure and function of myosin is strongly conserved across species, to the extent that rabbit muscle myosin II will bind to actin from an amoeba.
Synonyms
Myosin regulatory light chain 2; MYL2; myosin, light chain 2, regulatory, cardiac, slow; myosin, light polypeptide 2, regulatory, cardiac, slow; myosin regulatory light chain 2, ventricular/cardiac muscle isoform; cardiac ventricular myosin light chain 2; CMH10; MLC-2; MLC-2v; RLC of myosin; myosin light chain 2; regulatory light chain of myosin; slow cardiac myosin regulatory light chain 2; MLC2; DKFZp779C0562; G2; MLC-2A; myosin regulatory light chain 2A, cardiac muscle isoform; light polypeptide 2; cardiac muscle isoform

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