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Research Article

Hierarchical Structure Controls Nanomechanical Properties of Vimentin Intermediate Filaments

  • Zhao Qin,

    Affiliations: Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Laurent Kreplak,

    Affiliation: Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • Markus J. Buehler mail

    mbuehler@MIT.EDU

    Affiliations: Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Center for Computational Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Published: October 06, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007294

About the Authors

Zhao Qin, Markus J. Buehler
Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Zhao Qin, Markus J. Buehler
Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Laurent Kreplak
Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Markus J. Buehler
Center for Computational Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: mbuehler@MIT.EDU

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: ZQ LK MJB. Performed the experiments: ZQ MJB. Analyzed the data: ZQ LK MJB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: ZQ LK MJB. Wrote the paper: ZQ LK MJB.