N-Terminal Kinesins: Many and Various

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Abstract

Molecular motors are a fascinating group of proteins that have vital roles in a huge variety of cellular processes. They all share the ability to produce force through the hydrolysis of adenosine triphosphate, and fall into classes groups: the kinesins, myosins and the dyneins. The kinesin superfamily itself can be split into three major groups depending on the position of the motor domain, which is localized N-terminally, C-terminally, or internally. This review focuses on the N-terminal kinesins, providing a brief overview of their roles within the cell, and illustrating recent key developments in our understanding of how these proteins function.

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