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Self-organization in living cells: networks of protein machines and nonequilibrium soft matter

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Hess,  Benno
Emeritus Group Prof. Dr. B. Hess, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Max Planck Society;

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Mikhailov, A. S., & Hess, B. (2002). Self-organization in living cells: networks of protein machines and nonequilibrium soft matter. Journal of Biological Physics, 28(4): 399171, pp. 655-672. doi:10.1023/A:1021247024192.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0029-73FC-8
Abstract
Microscopic self-organization phenomena inside a living cell should not represent merely a reduced copy of self-organization in macroscopic systems. A cell is populated by active protein machines that communicate via small molecules diffusing through the cytoplasm. Mutual synchronization of machine cycles can spontaneously develop in such networks – an effect which is similar to coherent laser generation. On the other hand, an interplay between reactions, diffusion and phase transitions in biological soft matter may lead to the formation of stationary or traveling nonequilibrium nanoscale structures.