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SPASMIN

Protein (20 kD) that forms the spasmoneme. Thought to change its shape when the calcium ion concentration rises and to revert when the calcium concentration falls: the reversible shape change is used as a engine mechanism. Contraction does not require ATP, relaxation does, perhaps to exhaust calcium ions back into the smooth endoplasmic reticulum.
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