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November 02, 2009
ChemPhysChem 16/2009: Erich Sackmann Festschrift
This special issue features a collection of articles dedicated to Erich Sackmann on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Professor Sackmann, born on November 26th, 1934, in Baierbronn (Germany), is known for his pioneering work in the field of cell biophysics, in particular for his contributions to the understanding of the structure and dynamics of lipid membranes and his studies of the cytoskeleton. This Festschrift contains a selection of 20 interesting contributions from colleagues around the world who have been influenced –in various ways– by his work.
The Review by L. Limozin and K. Sengupta provides a guide to setting up a reflection interference contrast microscopy (RICM) system for studying and interpreting images in soft matter and cell adhesion. In the Minireviews section, S. Svetina explains why vesicle budding could have preceded the establishment of cellular life and T. Haraszti et al. describe the development of F-actin network models and highlight their importance in the construction of complex cortex-mimicking systems. In an Article, D. Andelman and co-workers present a model that addresses the coupling mechanism between two spatially modulated monolayers. A. R. Bausch and co-workers apply fluorescence microscopy and macrorheology to study the structural and viscoelastic properties of reconstituted actin networks. As reported in a Communication by A. N. Parikh and co-workers, simple shape analysis of the photobleached fluorescence recovery profile in conjunction with particle tracking provides a generic means to probe slip -the relative mobility of the two leaflets in lipid bilayers. Finally, I. C. Hsu et al. apply a single-molecule approach to determine the zero-force binding energetics of an intercalated DNA complex.
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