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Measuring the length distribution of self-assembled lipid nanotubes by orientation control with a high-frequency alternating current electric field in aqueous solutions.

Health Technology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 2217-14, Hayashi-cho, Takamatsu, Kagawa, 761-0395, Japan.
Analytical Chemistry (Impact Factor: 5.82). 02/2009; 81(4):1459-64. DOI: 10.1021/ac8022795
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ABSTRACT The present work addresses the length distribution of self-assembled lipid nanotubes (LNTs) by controlling the orientation of the LNTs using an alternating current (ac) electric field in aqueous solutions. The effect of the ac field on the orientation and rotation of individual LNTs was examined to evaluate the optimum orientation frequency by visualizing the individual LNTs in real time. By using the high-frequency ac field, we have successfully measured the length distribution for two different types of LNTs and have quantitatively analyzed the maximum occurrences of the length distribution as well as the extension of the longer length region.

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