Semi-flexible polymers such as cytoskeletal filaments form
long bundles, in which the filaments are essentially parallel to each other.
These bundles are stabilized, e.g., by
attractive van der Waals forces or molecular crosslinkers. The competition between
these attractive interactions and the entropy loss of the confined filaments leads to
unbinding or unbundling transitions as one increases the temperature
or decreases the concentration of the molecular crosslinkers
in close analogy to the unbinding transitions of interacting membranes
Thick bundles containing many filaments exhibit
including kinetically trapped states consisting of several sub-bundles,
but undergo a single unbinding transition, at which all filaments become unbound
This transition is discontinuous in the sense that the bundle thickness jumps
at the transition but the filaments still undergo pronounced fluctuations as
revealed by the divergence of higher moments of the filament separations.
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