Actin, Myosin and ATP simplified with cutlery

Actin, Myosin and ATP simplified with cutlery

Actin, Myosin and ATP simplified with cutlery

Understanding Actin, Myosin and ATP… a la cutlery.

Trying to make sense of drawings in a manual can be frustrating. … sometimes you just need to go hands on and try it for yourself even if it seems a little random.

When the knife is the Actin, the spoon is a myosin head, and the raisins are ATP.

First up ATP gets loaded onto the myosin heads (making it ready for muscle Contraction)
This changes the shape and locks it to the cross bridge of the Actin.
It moves, pulling the Actin back like rowing oars in the water.
The ATP gets broken down into Adenosine Diphosphate and a spare phosphate.
The myosin head pings back to the starting position.

Ready to start again

Actin, Myosin and ATP simplified with cutlery

Let me know if this helps….and if you tried it in your kitchen after watching!

Dedicated to your learning
Hayley
Parallel Coaching

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