Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bio-inspired networks

A Continuous Network of Lipid Nanotubes Fabricated from the
Gliding Motility of Kinesin Powered Microtubule Filaments
Nathan F. Bouxsein, Amanda Carroll-Portillo, Marlene Bachand, Darryl Y. Sasaki, and George D. Bachand
"Taxol-stabilized microtubules taxol-stabilized MTs, in constant 2D motion via surface absorbed kinesin, extracted and extended lipid nanotube networks from large Lα phase multilamellar liposomes... Interactions between MTs and extended lipid nanotubes resulted in bifurcation of the nanotubes and ultimately the generation of highly branched networks of fluidically connected nanotubes...The ability of these networks to capture nanomaterials at the membrane surface with high fidelity was subsequently demonstrated using quantum dots as a model system."
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