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Biophys J. 1993 Jul;65(1):316-24.

Cellular motions and thermal fluctuations: the Brownian ratchet.

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Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York, New York 10012.

Abstract

We present here a model for how chemical reactions generate protrusive forces by rectifying Brownian motion. This sort of energy transduction drives a number of intracellular processes, including filopodial protrusion, propulsion of the bacterium Listeria, and protein translocation.

PMID:
8369439
PMCID:
PMC1225726
DOI:
10.1016/S0006-3495(93)81035-X
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