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Polymers 2016, 8(8), 274; doi:10.3390/polym8080274

Semiflexible Biopolymers in Bundled Arrangements

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Institute for Experimental Physics I, Universität Leipzig, Linnéstraße 5, Leipzig 04103, Germany
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Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Perlickstraße 1, Leipzig 04103, Germany
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Martin Kröger
Received: 31 May 2016 / Revised: 18 July 2016 / Accepted: 19 July 2016 / Published: 28 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Semiflexible Polymers)
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Bundles and networks of semiflexible biopolymers are key elements in cells, lending them mechanical integrity while also enabling dynamic functions. Networks have been the subject of many studies, revealing a variety of fundamental characteristics often determined via bulk measurements. Although bundles are equally important in biological systems, they have garnered much less scientific attention since they have to be probed on the mesoscopic scale. Here, we review theoretical as well as experimental approaches, which mainly employ the naturally occurring biopolymer actin, to highlight the principles behind these structures on the single bundle level. View Full-Text
Keywords: semiflexible polymers; bundles; worm-like bundle; dynamics; actin; microtubules; depletion forces; counterion condensation; crosslinkers semiflexible polymers; bundles; worm-like bundle; dynamics; actin; microtubules; depletion forces; counterion condensation; crosslinkers
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Schnauß, J.; Händler, T.; Käs, J.A. Semiflexible Biopolymers in Bundled Arrangements. Polymers 2016, 8, 274.

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