Biomolecules and nanostructures
The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale.
We do this by exploring ways to shape light and its environment. It's what we call
active and passive control. Our current focus is on the interaction of light with
biomolecules and nanostructures. We are part of Twente
University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the
Chromatin structure in bands and interbands of polytene chromosomes imaged by Atomic Force Microscopy
de Grauw CJ, Avogadro A, van den Heuvel DJ, Van der Werf KO, Otto C, Kraan Y, van Hulst NF, Greve J
JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY
vol 121 issue 1: p2-p8 JAN 1998
Polytene chromosomes from Drosophila melanogaster, observed from squash preparations, and chromosomes from Chironomus thummi thummi, investigated under physiological conditions, are imaged using an Atomic Force Microscope. Various chromatin fiber structures can be observed with high detail in fixed chromosomes and correspond to structures which are also observed in chromosomes of diploid cells. Unfixed chromosomes can be imaged in buffer and show less fiber-like details because of the inherent soft nature of the chromatin material. (C) 1998 Academic Press.