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Multiscale polar theory of microtubule and motor-protein assemblies

Jan. 30, 2015

Microtubules and motor proteins can form new “bioactive” liquid-crystalline fluids that are intrinsically out of equilibrium and which display complex flows and defect dynamics.

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Structure of the B4 Liquid Crystal Phase near a Glass Surface

Dec. 8, 2012

Chen, D. , Heberling, M. , Nakata, M. , Hough, L. E., Maclennan, J. E., Glaser, M. A., Korblova, E. , Walba, D. M., Watanabe, J. and Clark, N. A. (2012). ChemPhysChem, 13: 155-159. doi: 10.1002/cphc.201100589 The B4 liquid crystal phase of bent‐core molecules, a smectic phase of helical nanofilaments,...

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Linear aggregation and liquid-crystalline order: comparison of Monte Carlo simulation and analytic theory

Dec. 31, 2010

Many soft-matter and biophysical systems are composed of monomers that reversibly assemble into rod-like aggregates that can then order into liquid-crystal phases.

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Helical Nanofilament Phases

July 24, 2009

L. E. Hough, H. T. Jung, D. Krüerke, M. S. Heberling, M. Nakata, C. D. Jones, D. Chen, D. R. Link, J. Zasadzinski, G. Heppke, J. P. Rabe, W. Stocker, E. Körblova, D. M. Walba, M. A. Glaser, N. A. Clark. Science 24 Jul 2009: Vol. 325, Issue 5939, pp...

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Chiral Isotropic Liquids from Achiral Molecules

July 24, 2009

L. E. Hough, M. Spannuth, M. Nakata, D. A. Coleman, C. D. Jones, G. Dantlgraber, C. Tschierske, J. Watanabe, E. Körblova, D. M. Walba, J. E. Maclennan, M. A. Glaser , N. A. Clark. Science 24 Jul 2009: Vol. 325, Issue 5939, pp. 452-456 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1170028 A variety of simple...

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Microtubule depolymerization by the kinesin-8 motor Kip3p: a mathematical model

April 30, 2009

Proteins from the kinesin-8 family promote microtubule depolymerization, a process thought to be important for the control of microtubule length in living cells.

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