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Eur Phys J E Soft Matter. 2005 Jan;16(1):5-16. Epub 2005 Jan 31.

Generic theory of active polar gels: a paradigm for cytoskeletal dynamics.

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Max-Planck Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme, Nöthnitzerstr. 38, 01187, Dresden, Germany.

Abstract

We develop a general theory for active viscoelastic materials made of polar filaments. This theory is motivated by the dynamics of the cytoskeleton. The continuous consumption of a fuel leads to a non equilibrium state characterized by the generation of flows and stresses. Our theory can be applied to experiments in which cytoskeletal patterns are set in motion by active processes such as those which are at work in cells.

PMID:
15688136
DOI:
10.1140/epje/e2005-00002-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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