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Self-organization in living cells: networks of protein machines and nonequilibrium soft matter.
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PMID:  23345805     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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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.
Authors:
A S Mikhailov; B Hess
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biological physics     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0092-0606     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biol Phys     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-24     Completed Date:  2013-01-25     Revised Date:  2013-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417731     Medline TA:  J Biol Phys     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  655-72     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin, Germany.
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