Eukaryotic membrane tethers revisited using magnetic tweezers.

@article{Hosu2007EukaryoticMT,
  title={Eukaryotic membrane tethers revisited using magnetic tweezers.},
  author={B. G. Hosu and M. Sun and F. Marga and M. Grandbois and G. Forgacs},
  journal={Physical biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={4 2},
  pages={
          67-78
        }
}
Membrane nanotubes, under physiological conditions, typically form en masse. We employed magnetic tweezers (MTW) to extract tethers from human brain tumor cells and compared their biophysical properties with tethers extracted after disruption of the cytoskeleton and from a strongly differing cell type, Chinese hamster ovary cells. In this method, the constant force produced with the MTW is transduced to cells through super-paramagnetic beads attached to the cell membrane. Multiple sudden jumps… Expand
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