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ICS-2 Talk: Why does actomyosin contract?

Martin Lenz, Universite Paris-Sud , France

09 May 2019 11:00
Room 2001, Building 04.16

Why does actomyosin contract?

The motion of living cells is largely due to the interaction of semi-flexible actin filaments (F-actin) and myosin molecular motors. It is often assumed that the relative sliding of these two components is sufficient to account for all actomyosin-based motion. While this is correct in our highly organized striated muscle, we question the application of this dogma to less ordered actomyosin systems, thus reexamining a cornerstone of our understanding of cellular motion.


PD Dr. Jens Elgeti
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