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MPIDS Colloquium

MPIDS Colloquium: Why does actomyosin contract?

  • Date: Oct 10, 2018
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Prof. Martin Lenz
  • LPTMS of CNRS and Université Paris-Sud, France
  • Location: Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS)
  • Room: Seminar room 0.77
  • Host: MPIDS
  • Contact: david.zwicker@ds.mpg.de
The motion of living cells is in large part due to the interaction of semi-flexible actin filaments (F-actin) and myosin molecular motors, which induce the relative sliding of F-actin. It is often assumed that this simple sliding 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.
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