Actin and myosin play important roles in many devastating diseases and thus are attractive targets for small-molecule therapy. In this issue of JBC, Guhathakurta et al. have developed a high-throughput screening assay to find small molecules that interfere with the actomyosin interaction. They utilized time-resolved FRET (TR-FRET) and a unique donor–acceptor pair (filamentous actin and a peptide that binds near the myosin-binding site on actin) to find novel molecules that interfere with the actomyosin ATPase and alter the structure of actin filaments. These findings demonstrate the power and potential of high-throughput TR-FRET in monitoring molecular interactions.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology