Flexural rigidity of singlet microtubules estimated from statistical analysis of their contour lengths and end-to-end distances.

@article{MizushimaSugano1983FlexuralRO,
  title={Flexural rigidity of singlet microtubules estimated from statistical analysis of their contour lengths and end-to-end distances.},
  author={Junko Mizushima-Sugano and Takuya T. Maeda and T Miki-Noumura},
  journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta},
  year={1983},
  volume={755 2},
  pages={257-62}
}
Microtubules in solutions, observed under a dark-field microscope, show incessant Brownian movement such as translational, rotational and flexing motion. A large number of microtubules, spontaneously stuck to the under surface of a coverslip, were photographed and the contour lengths and end-to-end distances of their images were measured. From the statistical analysis of the contour lengths and end-to-end distances, a value for the parameter lambda representing the flexibility of singlet… CONTINUE READING

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