Motor protein

 

A protein with catalytic (enzymatic) activity that converts the chemical energy of adenosine triphosphate into mechanical energy to move along the surface of suitable proteinaceous filamentous rails. The direction of its movements is strongly related to both the intrinsic molecular structure of the motor protein and the polarity of the filament.

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Motor proteins are a class of molecular motors that are able to move along the surface of a suitable substrate. They are powered by the hydrolysis of ATP and convert chemical energy into mechanical work.

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