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Growth of ring-shaped microtubule assemblies through stepwise active self-organisation

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Abstract

The microtubule (MT)–kinesin system is a promising candidate for constructing artificial biomachines. The active self-organisation (AcSO) method has been developed to integrate MT filaments into highly organised assembled structures. The creation of ring-shaped MT assemblies is one of the outcomes of the organisation process and holds prospects for use in future nano-technological applications. However, making use of ring-shaped MT assemblies in practical applications requires further control of the size of these assemblies, which has not yet been addressed. In this work, we demonstrated AcSO of MTs in a stepwise manner inside an inert atmosphere. We show that in an inert atmosphere, AcSO could be performed several times (at least nine times), and as a result, this method successfully increased the thickness of ring-shaped MT assemblies.

Graphical abstract: Growth of ring-shaped microtubule assemblies through stepwise active self-organisation

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The article was received on 11 Mar 2013, accepted on 15 Apr 2013 and first published on 16 May 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM50704A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2013,9, 7061-7068
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    Growth of ring-shaped microtubule assemblies through stepwise active self-organisation

    D. Inoue, A. Md. R. Kabir, H. Mayama, J. P. Gong, K. Sada and A. Kakugo, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 7061
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM50704A

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