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Explaining the microtubule energy balance : contributions due to dipole moments, charges, van der Waals and solvation energy

Ayoub, Ahmed Taha ; Staelens, Michael ; Prunotto, Alessio ; Deriu, Marco A. ; Danani, Andrea ; Klobukowski, Mariusz ; Tuszynski, Jack Adam

In: International journal of molecular sciences, 2017, vol. 18, no. 10, p. 2042

Microtubules are the main components of mitotic spindles, and are the pillars of the cellular cytoskeleton. They perform most of their cellular functions by virtue of their unique dynamic instability processes which alternate between polymerization and depolymerization phases. This in turn is driven by a precise balance between attraction and repulsion forces between the constituents of...