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Monday, 07 November, 2011

Attention! End of traffic jam!

How a molecular traffic jam impacts cell division

Interdisciplinary research between biology and physics aims to understand the cell and how it organizes internally. The mechanisms inside the cell are very complicated. LMU biophysicist Professor Erwin Frey, who is also a member of the Cluster of Excellence “Nanosystems Initiative Munich” (NIM) is working with his group on one particular issue involved in the cell’s life. The professor for statistical and biological physics and his team, Louis Reese and Anna Melbinger, investigate the interplay of so-called molecular motors with the skeleton of the cell, the cytoskeleton.

 

Press information LMU (english)
Publication "Crowding of molecular motors determines microtubule depolymerization"