Polysaccharides induced crystallization of tobacco mosaic virus particles

Masayuki Imai, Naohito Urakami, Atsumi Nakamura, Ran Takada, Reiko Oikawa, Yoh Sano

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The effect of added polysaccharides on the phase behavior of (tobacco mosaic virus) TMV suspension has been investigated from experimental and computer simulation points of view. The addition of chondroitin sulfate (Chs) brings two interesting phenomena: (1) Chs induces aggregations of TMV particles at very dilute TMV concentration (enhancement of depletion interaction) and (2) the inter-rod distance in the TMV aggregates depends on the Chs concentration. The chain rigidity and electrostatic interaction between colloidal rod particles are responsible for the observed phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9918-9923
Number of pages6
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec 10
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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