To obtain ring-shaped microtubules, we perform dynamic self-assembly on kinesin-coated glass surface.
Under an appropriate concentration of each solutions (200 nM kinesin, 5 microM microtubule (60 % biotinilated),
300 nM streptavidin, 5 mM ATP ), rotating ring-shaped microtubules were successfully formed (Fig. 1-1).
To understand the properties of the ring-shaped microtubules, we measure their diameter and velocity of rotation.
Histograms based on each results were prepared and showed below (Fig. 1-2 ,1-3).
The size and the velocity of ring-shaped microtubule assemblies were stable and good enough to continue our experiments.
Marimo-Gel obtained in this experiment is very much larger than we expected. The diameter should be around several tens
micrometers size to introduce into the flowcell where the ring-shaped microtubules were formed. Also the shape of Marime-gel
was not a good globule.
To prepare smaller and spherical Marimo-gel, we are planning to try another method. By using an appropriate surfactant,
o/w emulsion system seems to us is suitable to prepare micro-Marimo-Gel.