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Combing and self-assembly phenomena in dry films of Taxol-stabilized microtubules

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Microtubules are filamentous proteins that act as a substrate for the translocation of motor proteins. As such, they may be envisioned as a scaffold for the self-assembly of functional materials and devices. Physisorption, self-assembly and combing are here investigated as a potential prelude to microtubule-templated self-assembly. Dense films of self-assembled microtubules were successfully produced, as well as patterns of both dendritic and non-dendritic bundles of microtubules. They are presented in the present paper and the mechanism of their formation is discussed.

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F.O.M. and F.R. acknowledge the financial support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). P.M. acknowledges the financial support of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). F.O.M. and M.C.T. acknowledge prof. S. Takeuchi for permitting the use of ultra-centrifuges.

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Keywords

  • Adsorption
  • HOPG
  • Microtubules
  • Self-assembly