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The role of stickiness in the rheology of semiflexible polymers

: Golde, Tom; Glaser, Martin; Tutmarc, Cary; Elbalasy, Iman; Huster, Constantin; Busteros, Gaizka; Smith, David M.; Hermann, Harald; Käs, Josef A.; Schnauß, Jörg


Soft matter 15 (2019), Nr.24, S.4865-4872
ISSN: 1744-683X
ISSN: 1744-6848
Fraunhofer IZI ()

miflexible polymers form central structures in biological material. Modeling approaches usually neglect influences of polymer-specific molecular features aiming to describe semiflexible polymers universally. Here, we investigate the influence of molecular details on networks assembled from filamentous actin, intermediate filaments, and synthetic DNA nanotubes. In contrast to prevalent theoretical assumptions, we find that bulk properties are affected by various inter-filament interactions. We present evidence that these interactions can be merged into a single parameter in the frame of the glassy wormlike chain model. The interpretation of this parameter as a polymer specific stickiness is consistent with observations from macro-rheological measurements and reptation behavior. Our findings demonstrate that stickiness should generally not be ignored in semiflexible polymer models.