Buckling microtubules in vesicles.

  title={Buckling microtubules in vesicles.},
  author={Elbaum and D KuchnirFygenson and Libchaber},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={76 21},
Microtubules are ordered polymers of the protein tubulin that are part of the flexible, plastic, and even self-effacing skeleton of eukaryotic cells [1,2]. They are hollow cylinders, 25 nm in diameter and tens of microns long [3]. Microtubules have large bending rigidity, with a persistence length of the order of millimeters [4]. The elastic properties of microtubules and their interaction with the cell membrane are essential in defining cell morphology. This Letter is concerned with… 

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