Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.307, No.2, 338-341, 2003
A method for testing compressive properties of single proteoglycan aggregates
This study presents a method for direct measurement of the compressive properties of single molecules of proteoglycan aggregate using a state-of-the-art laser tweezers/interferometer system previously developed to test the tensile properties of single molecules. A typical molecule of proteoglycan aggregate showed a highly non-linear resistance to compression after being compressed to about 25%, of its original molecule length. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.