Highly homologous filamin polypeptides have different distributions in avian slow and fast muscle fibers.
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The high molecular weight actin-binding protein filamin is located at the periphery of the Z disk in the fast adult chicken pectoral muscle (Gomer, R. H., and E. Lazarides, 1981, Cell, 23: 524-532). In contrast, we have found that in the slow anterior latissimus dorsi (ALD) muscle, filamin was additionally located throughout the l band as judged by immunofluorescence with affinity-purified antibodies on myofibrils and cryosections. The Z line proteins desmin and alpha-actinin, however, had the same distribution in ALD as they do in pectoral muscle. Quantitation of filamin and actin from the two muscle types showed that there was approximately 10 times as much filamin per actin in ALD myofibrils as in pectoral myofibrils. Filamin immunoprecipitated from ALD had an electrophoretic mobility in SDS polyacrylamide gels identical to that of pectoral myofibril filamin and slightly greater than that of chicken gizzard filamin. Two-dimensional peptide maps of filamin immunoprecipitated and labeled with 125I showed that ALD myofibril filamin was virtually identical to pectoral myofibril filamin and was distinct from chicken gizzard filamin.