Observing single biomolecules at work with the atomic force microscope

Engel, A. and Muller, D. J.. (2000) Observing single biomolecules at work with the atomic force microscope. Nature Structural biology, Vol. 7, H. 9. pp. 715-718.

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Progress in the application of the atomic force microscope (AFM) to imaging and manipulating biomolecules is the result of improved instrumentation, sample preparation methods and image acquisition conditions. Biological membranes can be imaged in their native state at a lateral resolution of 0.5-1 nm and a vertical resolution of 0. 1-0.2 nm. Conformational changes that are related to functions can be resolved to a similar resolution, complementing atomic structure data acquired by other methods. The unique capability of the AFM to directly observe single proteins in their native environments provides insights into the interactions of proteins that form functional assemblies. In addition, single molecule force spectroscopy combined with single molecule imaging provides unprecedented possibilities for analyzing intramolecular and intermolecular forces. This review discusses recent examples that illustrate the power of AFM.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Structural Biology (Engel)
UniBasel Contributors:Engel, Andreas H
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Nature Publishing Co
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:20
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