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Golde, T., Glaser, M., Tutmarc, C., Elbalasy, I., Huster, C., Busteros, G., Smith, D. M., Herrmann, H., Käs, J. A., Schnauß, J., (2019). The role of stickiness in the rheology of semiflexible polymers Soft Matter 15, (24), 4865-4872

Semiflexible polymers form central structures in biological material. Modelling approaches usually neglect influences of polymer-specific molecular features aiming to describe semiflexible polymers universally. Here, we investigate the influence of molecular details on networks assembled from filamentous actin, intermediate filaments, and synthetic DNA nanotubes. In contrast to prevalent theoretical assumptions, we find that bulk properties are affected by various inter-filament interactions. We present evidence that these interactions can be merged into a single parameter in the frame of the glassy wormlike chain model. The interpretation of this parameter as a polymer specific stickiness is consistent with observations from macro-rheological measurements and reptation behaviour. Our findings demonstrate that stickiness should generally not be ignored in semiflexible polymer models.