Success in reproducing rotational cytoplasmic flow with artificial cells

Waseda University researchers became the first in the world to successfully reproduce rotational cytoplasmic streaming by microtubule networks with artificial cells. They also discovered that microtubule networks use, in addition to hydrodynamic interaction, mechanical interaction and the physical boundary to induce cytoplasmic flow over larger length scale and timescale.

This research is published in the American scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.