Date of Award
College of Science
Type of Degree
Eric R. Blough
The exploration of biomolecular motors in nanotechnological applications has generated much interest in the scientific community. Although the recent progress has been very promising, several requirements have yet to be fulfilled in order for motor proteins to be useful in nanotechnological applications. Here, we present a simple method for patterning myosin II on a microstructured surface. Our findings indicate that UV/ozone treatment can be used to alter the hydrophobicity of trimethyl-chloro-silane (TMCS) coated glass surfaces, to alter protein binding, and effectively produce localized motor activity. Taken together, these data suggest that photoreactive patterning may be useful for the selective localization of functional myosin II motor tracks.
Kolli, Madhukar B., "Assembly and Function of Myosin II on Ultraviolet/Ozone Patterned Trimethylchlorosilane Substrates" (2008). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 693.