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MOLECULAR MOTORS

Stronger than they look

An experimental study of living cells suggests that single myosin molecules are capable of generating unusually large forces. The observation is supported by a theoretical model — and demonstrates the complexity of in vivo force generation.

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Fig. 1: Measuring myosin motor forces in situ.

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Holle, A.W., Kemkemer, R. Stronger than they look. Nat. Phys. 15, 628–629 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-019-0492-x

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