Nanowalkers (Molecular Motors)

Keywords: molecular motors, myosin V, myosin VI, F actin, filaments, actin, polarized assay, shuttles, flexural rigidity, statistical mechanics, dielectrophoresis

Myosin V and myosin VI motors pass each other when walking along an actin filament in opposite directions.


  • Arsenault, M., Zhao, H., H., Purohit, P., Goldman, Y., and Bau, H. H., 2007, Confinement and Manipulation of Actin Filaments by Electric Fields, Biophysical Journal, 93, L42-L44.
  • Purohit, P., Arsenault, M., Goldman, Y., and Bau, H. H., 2008, The mechanics of short rod-like molecules in tension, International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics 43, 1056-1063. doi:10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2008.05.009
  • Arsenault, M., Sun, Y., Bau, H. H., and Goldman, Y., 2009, Using Electrical and Optical Tweezers to Facilitate Studies of Molecular Motors, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 11, 4834-4839 (DOI:10.1039/B821861G).
  • Mark E. Arsenault, Prashant K. Purohit, Yale E. Goldman, Henry Shuman, and Haim H. Bau, 2010, Comparison of Brownian-dynamics-based estimates of polymer tension with direct force measurements, Physical Review E 82, 051923.
  • Yuan, Jinzhou; Pillarisetti, Anand; Goldman, Yale; Bau, Haim, 2013, Orienting Actin Filaments for Directional Motility of Processive Myosin Motors, accepted for publication in Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl303500k.

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