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Title: Nanomechanics of membrane tubulation and DNA assembly
Authors: Roopa, T.
Shivashankar, G.V.
Issue Date: 10-Mar-2003
Publisher: The American Institute of Physics
Citation: Applied Physics Letters, 2003, Vol.82, p1631-1633
Abstract: We report an interesting regime of tubule formation in multilamellar membrane vesicles. An optically trapped bead is used to apply a localized subpicoNewton force on a cationic vesicle to form a membrane tubule. The force extension curves reveal a saturation phase, with the tubule length extending up to tens of microns, beyond a threshold force 0.6±0.2 pN. We then use the tubule as a sensor for monitoring the dynamics of charge induced DNA integration on cationic membrane vesicles. Our results may also have applications in the development of nanowires and nanofluidic devices.
ISSN: 0003-6951
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