Dynamic properties of bio-motile systems with a liquid-crystalline structure

Shin'ichi Ishiwata*, Makito Miyazaki, Katsuhiko Sato, Koutaro Nakagome, Seine A. Shintani, Fuyu Kobirumaki-Shimozawa, Norio Fukuda, Kazuya Suzuki, Jun Takagi, Yuta Shimamoto, Takeshi Itabashi

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    Bio-motile systems have liquid-crystalline structures. This review first describes the contractile system of striated muscle having a smectic liquid crystalline structure. We here report the muscle's auto-oscillatory property named spontaneous oscillatory contraction (SPOC) [1], and a mathematical model to explain its mechanism [2, 3]. Also, sarcomere dynamics observed during heartbeat are described. The second topic is the micromechanics of the meiotic spindle, a bipolar assembly of microtubules with chromosomes [4]. The third topic is the demonstration of a contractile actin ring spontaneously formed inside a water-in-oil droplet, which can be considered as an artificial cell model [5].

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)127-150
    Number of pages24
    JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 13


    • Artificial cell
    • Cytoskeleton
    • Meiotic spindle
    • SPOC
    • Striated muscle

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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