Forgot your Password

If you have forgotten your password, please enter your account email below and we will reset your password and email you the new password.


Login to SciCrunch


Register an Account

Delete Saved Search

Are you sure you want to delete this saved search?

SciCrunch is experiencing an unusual amount of traffic at the moment and it is causing intermittent outages. Please try your search again later

NIF LinkOut Portal


Thymosin beta 10 and thymosin beta 4 are both actin monomer sequestering proteins.

Yu FX, Lin SC, Morrison-Bogorad M, Atkinson MA, Yin HL
The Journal of biological chemistry


The beta-thymosins are a family of related peptides. Recently, thymosin beta 4 was identified as a significant actin monomer sequestering protein in cells. To determine if other beta-thymosins also bind actin, and how they may participate in the regulation of actin polymerization, we expressed thymosin beta 4 and its major homolog, thymosin beta 10, in bacteria and characterized their interactions with actin. Equilibrium sedimentation studies showed that thymosin beta 4 behaved as a monomeric protein in solution. Both beta-thymosins bound skeletal muscle actin and inhibited actin polymerization with similar Kd values (between 0.7-1 microM). They were not inhibited by polyphosphoinositides. Kinetic measurements showed that at high ratios of beta-thymosin to actin, beta-thymosin decreased the rate of barbed end filament growth. However, in spite of a close agreement between the kinetic and steady state Kd values, the rate of barbed end filament growth was slightly, but reproducibly, larger than expected, and this deviation was particularly noticeable at lower ratios of beta-thymosin to actin. We conclude that unlike profilin, beta-thymosins are primarily actin monomer sequestering proteins, although some aspects of their interactions with actin are still not completely understood.

  1. Welcome

    Welcome to NIF. Explore available research resources: data, tools and materials, from across the web

  2. Community Resources

    Search for resources specially selected for NIF community

  3. More Resources

    Search across hundreds of additional biomedical databases

  4. Literature

    Search Pub Med abstracts and full text from PubMed Central

  5. Insert your Query

    Enter your search terms here and hit return. Search results for the selected tab will be returned.

  6. Join the Community

    Click here to login or register and join this community.

  7. Categories

    Narrow your search by selecting a category. For additional help in searching, view our tutorials.

  8. Query Info

    Displays the total number of search results. Provides additional information on search terms, e.g., automated query expansions, and any included categories or facets. Expansions, filters and facets can be removed by clicking on the X. Clicking on the + restores them.

  9. Search Results

    Displays individual records and a brief description. Click on the icons below each record to explore additional display options.