Construction of molecular shuttles based on kinesin motor proteins and microtubules

Daniel Oliveira, Kim Domyoung, Mitsuo Umetsu, Tadafumi Adschiri, Winfried Teizer

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The intracellular cargo delivery performed by kinesin motor proteins can be biomimetically employed to engineer tailor-made artificial nanotransport systems. Kinesin (expressed on an Escherichia coli system) and microtubules (obtained from the polymerization of tubulin proteins) were prepared and characterized. We report recent results and explore the aim of the construction of biomotor-based NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS) and their potential applications, e.g. as drag delivery systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanofunctional Materials, Nanostructures and Nanodevices for Biomedical Applications II
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2010 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2010 Nov 292010 Dec 3

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2010 MRS Fall Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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