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Senthil Arumugam, Grzegorz Chwastek, Dr. Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich, Carina Ehrig, Dr. Ingolf Mönch and Prof. Dr. Petra Schwille Surface Topology Engineering of Membranes for the Mechanical Investigation of the Tubulin Homologue FtsZ Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Article first published online: 31 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201204332

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Bending over backward: Despite their small size, bacteria display highly organized cytoskeletal structures. Using microfabricated supports for model membranes, mechanical features of FtsZ (blue hexagons) filaments, a key component of bacterial cell division, can be addressed. Studying the curvature of an FtsZ filament into a groove or around a capillary (see picture) helps to understand its mechanics.

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