W Häckl

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Semiautomatic single-axis tilt electron tomography has been used to visualize the three-dimensional organization of actin filaments in "phantom cells," i.e. lipid vesicles. The instrumentation consisted of a 120-kV electron microscope equipped with a postcolumn energy filter, which was used in the zero-loss imaging mode. Apart from changing the tilt angle,(More)
We present a theory showing that local shape instabilities of composite biological membranes, consisting of a lipid bilayer and an underlying actin cortex, can be triggered by a local softening of the membrane-associated cytoskeleton. A membrane containing such cortical defects can form blisters or invaginations, depending on external conditions. The(More)
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