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J Cell Biol. 2005 Feb 14;168(4):533-6.

Cellular organization by self-organization: mechanisms and models for Min protein dynamics.

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  • 1Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, England, UK. karsten@mpipks-dresden.mpg.de

Abstract

We use the oscillating Min proteins of Escherichia coli as a prototype system to illustrate the current state and potential of modeling protein dynamics in space and time. We demonstrate how a theoretical approach has led to striking new insights into the mechanisms of self-organization in bacterial cells and indicate how these ideas may be applicable to more complex structure formation in eukaryotic cells.

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PMC2171746
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