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The depletion attraction: an underappreciated force driving cellular organization

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Cellular structures are shaped by hydrogen and ionic bonds, plus van der Waals and hydrophobic forces. In cells crowded with macromolecules, a little-known and distinct force - the "depletion attraction" - also acts. We review evidence that this force assists in the assembly of a wide range of cellular structures, ranging from the cytoskeleton to chromatin loops and whole chromosomes.
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Published
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10.1083/jcb.200609066

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Institution:
University of Edinburgh
Department:
School of Physics
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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MSD
Department:
Pathology Dunn School
Research group:
Nuclear Structure and Function Research Group
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University of Oxford
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MSD
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Pathology Dunn School
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Nuclear Structure and Function Research Group
Oxford college:
Lincoln College
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Publisher:
Rockefeller University Press Publisher's website
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Journal of Cell Biology Journal website
Volume:
175
Issue:
5
Pages:
681-686
Publication date:
2006-12-01
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EISSN:
1540-8140
ISSN:
0021-9525
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English
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2008-04-22

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