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Methods Cell Biol. 2007;83:473-93.

Magnetic tweezers in cell biology.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027, USA.

Abstract

We discuss herein the theory as well as some design considerations of magnetic tweezers. This method of generating force on magnetic particles bound to biological entities is shown to have a number of advantages over other techniques: forces are exerted in noncontact mode, they can be large in magnitude (order of 10 nanonewtons), and adjustable in direction, static or oscillatory. One apparatus built in our laboratory is described in detail, along with examples of experimental applications and results.

PMID:
17613321
DOI:
10.1016/S0091-679X(07)83020-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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