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Electric oscillations generated by collective vibration modes of microtubule
Author(s): Michal Cifra; Daniel Havelka; Ondrej Kucera
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Paper Abstract

Microtubules are important organizing structures of eukaroytic cells. They are electrically polar and have collective vibration modes from kHz to low THz region. In approximation of microtubule subunits (tubulin molecules) as rigid particles, we calculate electric field generated by optical branch of axial longitudinal vibration modes of microtubule. This oscillatory electric field, due to its complex spatial distribution, may play an important role in cellular temporal and spatial organization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 November 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7376, Laser Applications in Life Sciences, 73760N (25 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.870929
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Michal Cifra, Institute of Photonics and Electronics (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Daniel Havelka, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Ondrej Kucera, Institute of Photonics and Electronics (Czech Republic)
Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7376:
Laser Applications in Life Sciences
Matti Kinnunen; Risto Myllylä, Editor(s)

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