Martin G L van den Heuvel

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Integration of biomolecular motors in nanoengineered structures raises the intriguing possibility of manipulating materials on nanometer scales. We have managed to integrate kinesin motor proteins in closed submicron channels and to realize active electrical control of the direction of individual kinesin-propelled microtubule filaments at Y junctions. Using(More)
We present a simple method to determine the persistence length of short submicrometer microtubule ends from their stochastic trajectories on kinesin-coated surfaces. The tangent angle of a microtubule trajectory is similar to a random walk, which is solely determined by the stiffness of the leading tip and the velocity of the microtubule. We demonstrate(More)
We show that the speed of microtubules gliding over a kinesin-coated surface can be controlled over a wide range of values by the application of an electric field. The speed can be increased by up to a factor of 5 compared to the speed at zero field when assisting forces are applied and slowed down to zero velocity for opposing fields. Sideways applied(More)
We use fluorescence microscopy to measure the orientation and shape of microtubules-which serve as a model system for semiflexible rods-that are electrophoretically driven. Surprisingly, a bimodal orientation distribution is observed, with microtubules in either parallel or perpendicular orientations to the electric field. The occupancy of these states(More)
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