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ESCRT Filaments as Spiral Springs

  • Author(s): Carlson, LA
  • Shen, QT
  • Pavlin, MR
  • Hurley, JH
  • et al.

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. In a recent issue of Cell, Chiaruttini et al. (2015) reveal the mechanical properties of the mysterious spiral filaments formed by the yeast ESCRT-III protein Snf7. The spirals are shown to be springs whose bending drives membrane deformation and perhaps membrane scission.

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