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Just published: ups and downs of two standard ways to improve motility in the in vitro motility assay by removing the effects of "dead" non-functional heads.

Rahman, M.A., Salhotra, A. & Månsson, A. J. Comparative analysis of widely used methods to remove nonfunctional myosin heads for the in vitro motility assay. Muscle Res Cell Motil (2019).

High throughput nanofabrication: To enable large scale network-based computation using molecular motors, a key requirement is the ability to fabricate big networks with a high resolution at a high throughput. All these devices require loading zones to feed filaments into the channel networks, regardless of the computational problem encoded. Nanoimprint lithography is an excellent, large scale fabrication method, but becomes difficult for high aspect ratio structures such as loading zones. By introducing nanoscaled pillars, we are able to high aspect ratio structures and provide a possibility to tailor the emptying rate and directional guiding of actin filaments.

Lindberg, F. W. et al. Design and development of nanoimprint-enabled structures for molecular motor devices. Materials Research Express 6, (2019).




Development of miniaturized devices for the rapid and sensitive detection of analyte is crucial for various applications across healthcare, pharmaceutical, environmental, and other industries. Here, we report on the detection of unlabeled analyte by using fluorescently labeled, antibody-conjugated microtubules in a kinesin-1 gliding motility assay. The detection principle is based on the formation of fluorescent supramolecular assemblies of microtubule bundles and spools in the presence of multivalent analytes. We demonstrate the rapid, label-free detection of CD45+ microvesicles derived from leukemia cells.

Chaudhuri, S. et al. Label-Free Detection of Microvesicles and Proteins by the Bundling of Gliding Microtubules. Nano Letters 18, 117-123, doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b03619 (2018).

Heldt, G. et al. Approach to combine electron-beam lithography and two-photon polymerization for enhanced nano-channels in network-based biocomputation devices. In: 34th European Mask and Lithography Conference Vol. 10775 Proceedings of SPIE (eds U. F. W. Behringer & J. Finders)  (2018). Read more

In order to facilitate rapid screening of compounds affecting kinesin motor activity as well as optimizing kinesin-based in vitro motility assays for nanotechnological applications, we developed an in vitro motility assay where sample preparation, imaging and data evaluation are fully automated, enabling the processing of a 384-well plate within less than three hours. We demonstrate the automated assay for the analysis of peptide inhibitors for kinesin-1 at a wide range of concentrations.

Korten, T., Tavkin, E., Scharrel, L., Kushwaha, V. S. & Diez, S. An automated in vitro motility assay for high-throughput studies of molecular motors. Lab on a Chip 18, 3196-3206, doi:10.1039/c8lc00547h (2018).

Controlled surface chemistry: The guiding of actin filaments is strongly regulated by the surface chemistry. By regulating the surface hydrophobicity using only one type of silane, we are able to maintain the same, motility promoting chemical environment while tuning the actin filament velocity.

Lindberg, F. W. et al. Controlled Surface Silanization for Actin-Myosin and Biocompatibility of New Polymer Resists. Langmuir 34, 8777-8784, doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b01415 (2018).

Mansson, A., Usaj, M., Moretto, L. & Rassier, D. E. Do Actomyosin Single-Molecule Mechanics Data Predict Mechanics of Contracting Muscle? International Journal of Molecular Sciences 19, doi:10.3390/ijms19071863 (2018).


Rahman, M. A., Usaj, M., Rassier, D. E. & Mansson, A. Blebbistatin Effects Expose Hidden Secrets in the Force-Generating Cycle of Actin and Myosin. Biophysical Journal 115, 386-397, doi:10.1016/j.bpj.2018.05.037 (2018).


Verardo, D. et al. Nanowires for Biosensing: Lightguiding of Fluorescence as a Function of Diameter and Wavelength. Nano Letters 18, 4796-4802, doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b01360 (2018).



Engineering cargo-loading strategies is crucial to developing nanotechnological applications of microtubule-based biomolecular transport systems. Here, we report a highly efficient and robust bioconjugation scheme to load antibodies to microtubules.

Chaudhuri, S., Korten, T. & Diez, S. Tetrazine-trans-cyclooctene Mediated Conjugation of Antibodies to Microtubules Facilitates Subpicomolar Protein Detection. Bioconjugate Chemistry 28, 918-922, doi:10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00118 (2017).

Loading antibodies on on microtubules for protein detection

Kumar, S. & Mansson, A. Covalent and non-covalent chemical engineering of actin for biotechnological applications. Biotechnology Advances 35, 867-888, doi:10.1016/j.biotechadv.2017.08.002 (2017).

Highly-efficient guiding of motile microtubules on non-topographical motor patterns. A UV-laser-based ablation technique can be used to programmably generate highly localized patterns of functional kinesin-1 motors on PLL-g-PEG-coated, planar polystyrene surfaces. We demonstrated that straight and curved motor tracks with widths of less than 500 nm reliably guide gliding microtubules. Moreover, the performance of complex motor patterns, recently designed by evolutionary algorithms for controlling the global directionality of microtubule motion on large-area substrates, could be experimentally verified. The presented results may open up new routes toward controlling microtubule motion in self-organized hybrid-devices.


Reuther, C., Mittasch, M., Naganathan, S. R., Grill, S. W. & Diez, S. Highly-Efficient Guiding of Motile Microtubules on Non-Topographical Motor Patterns.
Nano Letters 17, 5699-5705, doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b02606 (2017).

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