Microtubule bending and breaking in living fibroblast cells.

Abstract

Microtubules in living cells frequently bend and occasionally break, suggesting that relatively strong forces act on them. Bending implies an increase in microtubule lattice energy, which could in turn affect the kinetics and thermodynamics of microtubule-associated processes such as breaking. Here we show that the rate of microtubule breaking in fibroblast… (More)

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