Formation and interaction of membrane tubes

Imre Derényi, Frank Jülicher, Jacques Prost

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The formation and interaction of membrane tubes was observed. The formation of these tubes is a crucial step in many biological processes and is highly nontrivial and involves first-order shape transitions. The force exerted by an emerging tube was found to be a nonmonotonic function of its length. The behavior of the detached tubes was found to be like semiflexible filaments with a short persistence length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2381011-2381014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Jun 10 2002

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    Derényi, I., Jülicher, F., & Prost, J. (2002). Formation and interaction of membrane tubes. Physical review letters, 88(23), 2381011-2381014.