Redundancy and Cooperativity in the Mechanics of Compositely Crosslinked Filamentous Networks

  title={Redundancy and Cooperativity in the Mechanics of Compositely Crosslinked Filamentous Networks},
  author={Moumita Das and David A. Quint and J. M. Schwarz},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
The cytoskeleton of living cells contains many types of crosslinkers. Some crosslinkers allow energy-free rotations between filaments and others do not. The mechanical interplay between these different crosslinkers is an open issue in cytoskeletal mechanics. Therefore, we develop a theoretical framework based on rigidity percolation to study a generic filamentous system containing both stretching and bond-bending forces to address this issue. The framework involves both analytical calculations… 

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