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Flexural Rigidity Measurements of Biopolymers Using Gliding Assays

DOI :

10.3791/50117-v

November 9th, 2012

November 9th, 2012

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1Department of Physics, Lawrence University

A method to measure the persistence length or flexural rigidity of biopolymers is described. The method uses a kinesin-driven microtubule gliding assay to experimentally determine the persistence length of individual microtubules and is adaptable to actin-based gliding assays.

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