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Savita Chib, Suman Das, Soumya Venkatesan, Aswin Sai Narain Seshasayee, Mukund Thattai
The invariant cell initiation mass measured in bacterial growth experiments has been interpreted as a minimal unit of cellular replication. Here we argue that the existence of such minimal units induces a coupling between the rates of stochastic cell division and death. To probe this coupling we tracked live and dead cells in Escherichia coli populations treated with a ribosome-targeting antibiotic. We find that the growth exponent from macroscopic cell growth or decay measurements can be represented as the difference of microscopic first-order cell division and death rates...
March 2018: New Journal of Physics
Feng Fu, Xingru Chen
Understanding how public cooperation emerges and is maintained is a topic of broad interest, with increasing contributions coming from a synergistic combination of evolutionary game theory and statistical physics. The comprehensive study by Battiston et al (2017 New J. Phys. , in press) improves our understanding of the role of multiplexity in cooperation, revealing that a significant edge overlap across network layers along with benign conditions for cooperation in at least one of the layers is needed to facilitate the emergence of cooperation in the multiplex...
July 2017: New Journal of Physics
A Valdés-Curiel, D Trypogeorgos, E E Marshall, I B Spielman
We describe a Fourier transform spectroscopy technique for directly measuring band structures, and apply it to a spin-1 spin-orbit coupled Bose-Einstein condensate. In our technique, we suddenly change the Hamiltonian of the system by adding a spin-orbit coupling interaction and measure populations in different spin states during the subsequent unitary evolution. We then reconstruct the spin and momentum resolved spectrum from the peak frequencies of the Fourier transformed populations. In addition, by periodically modulating the Hamiltonian, we tune the spin-orbit coupling strength and use our spectroscopy technique to probe the resulting dispersion relation...
March 2017: New Journal of Physics
Vaibhav Wasnik, Hui Wang, Ned S Wingreen, Ranjan Mukhopadhyay
Chemotaxic receptors in bacteria form clusters at cell poles and also laterally, and this clustering plays an important role in signal transduction. These clusters were found to be periodically arranged on the surface of the bacterium Escherichia coli, independent of any known positioning mechanism. In this work we extend a model based on diffusion and aggregation to more realistic geometries and present a means based on "bursty" protein production to distinguish spontaneous positioning from an independently existing positioning mechanism...
2017: New Journal of Physics
Plamen Ch Ivanov, Kang K L Liu, Ronny P Bartsch
Despite the vast progress and achievements in systems biology and integrative physiology in the last decades, there is still a significant gap in understanding the mechanisms through which (i) genomic, proteomic and metabolic factors and signaling pathways impact vertical processes across cells, tissues and organs leading to the expression of different disease phenotypes and influence the functional and clinical associations between diseases, and (ii) how diverse physiological systems and organs coordinate their functions over a broad range of space and time scales and horizontally integrate to generate distinct physiologic states at the organism level...
October 2016: New Journal of Physics
D L Campbell, I B Spielman
We theoretically explore a Rashba spin-orbit coupling scheme which operates entirely in the absolute ground state manifold of an alkali atom, thereby minimizing all inelastic processes. An energy gap between ground eigenstates of the proposed coupling can be continuously opened or closed by modifying laser polarizations. Our technique uses far-detuned 'Raman' laser coupling to create the Rashba potential, which has the benefit of low spontaneous emission rates. At these detunings, the Raman matrix elements that link m F magnetic sublevel quantum numbers separated by two are also suppressed...
March 2016: New Journal of Physics
D Genkina, L M Aycock, B K Stuhl, H-I Lu, R A Williams, I B Spielman
We directly measured the normalized s -wave scattering cross-section of ultracold40 K atoms across a magnetic-field Feshbach resonance by colliding pairs of degenerate Fermi gases (DFGs) and imaging the scattered atoms. We extracted the scattered fraction for a range of bias magnetic fields, and measured the resonance location to be B 0 = 20.206(15) mT with width Δ = 1.0(5) mT. To optimize the signal-to-noise ratio of atom number in scattering images, we developed techniques to interpret absorption images in a regime where recoil induced detuning corrections are significant...
January 2016: New Journal of Physics
David J Jörg, Luis G Morelli, Daniele Soroldoni, Andrew C Oates, Frank Jülicher
The segmentation of the vertebrate body plan during embryonic development is a rhythmic and sequential process governed by genetic oscillations. These genetic oscillations give rise to traveling waves of gene expression in the segmenting tissue. Here we present a minimal continuum theory of vertebrate segmentation that captures the key principles governing the dynamic patterns of gene expression including the effects of shortening of the oscillating tissue. We show that our theory can quantitatively account for the key features of segmentation observed in zebrafish, in particular the shape of the wave patterns, the period of segmentation and the segment length as a function of time...
September 2015: New Journal of Physics
Dhananjay T Tambe, Jeffrey J Fredberg
Sorting of distinctly different cell types into specific tissue compartments has long been thought to be a problem in minimization of total free energy in immiscible fluids, wherein cell-cell adhesion, cell stiffness, and cell contraction combine to define an effective macroscopic tissue surface tension. Pawlizak et al. [11] now show not only that adhesion forces at interfaces unexpectedly fail to correlate with the density of adhesion molecules, but also that certain cancer cell lines unexpectedly fail to behave as a fluid, with cells becoming kinetically trapped in what might be a jammed, solid-like non-equilibrium state...
September 2015: New Journal of Physics
Enys Mones, András Czirók, Tamás Vicsek
A number of novel experimental and theoretical results have recently been obtained on active soft matter, demonstrating the various interesting universal and anomalous features of this kind of driven systems. Here we consider the adhesion difference-driven segregation of actively moving units, a fundamental but still poorly explored aspect of collective motility. In particular, we propose a model in which particles have a tendency to adhere through a mechanism which makes them both stay in touch and synchronize their direction of motion - but the interaction is limited to particles of the same kind...
June 2015: New Journal of Physics
Roarke Horstmeyer, Richard Y Chen, Xiaoze Ou, Brendan Ames, Joel A Tropp, Changhuei Yang
Ptychography is a powerful computational imaging technique that transforms a collection of low-resolution images into a high-resolution sample reconstruction. Unfortunately, algorithms that currently solve this reconstruction problem lack stability, robustness, and theoretical guarantees. Recently, convex optimization algorithms have improved the accuracy and reliability of several related reconstruction efforts. This paper proposes a convex formulation of the ptychography problem. This formulation has no local minima, it can be solved using a wide range of algorithms, it can incorporate appropriate noise models, and it can include multiple a priori constraints...
May 2015: New Journal of Physics
M E Dokukin, N V Guz, C D Woodworth, I Sokolov
Despite considerable advances in understanding the molecular nature of cancer, many biophysical aspects of malignant development are still unclear. Here we study physical alterations of the surface of human cervical epithelial cells during stepwise in vitro development of cancer (from normal to immortal (premalignant), to malignant). We use atomic force microscopy to demonstrate that development of cancer is associated with emergence of simple fractal geometry on the cell surface. Contrary to the previously expected correlation between cancer and fractals, we find that fractal geometry occurs only at a limited period of development when immortal cells become cancerous; further cancer progression demonstrates deviation from fractal...
March 10, 2015: New Journal of Physics
Thiago Mosqueiro, Luis de Lecea, Ramon Huerta
The Locus Coeruleus (LC) modulates cortical, subcortical, cerebellar, brainstem and spinal cord circuits and it expresses receptors for neuromodulators that operate in a time scale of several seconds. Evidences from anatomical, electrophysiological and optogenetic experiments have shown that LC neurons receive input from a group of neurons called Hypocretins (HCRTs) that release a neuropeptide called hypocretin. It is less known how these two groups of neurons can be coregulated using GABAergic neurons. Since the time scales of GABA A inhibition is several orders of magnitude faster than the hypocretin neuropeptide effect, we investigate the limits of circuit activity regulation using a realistic model of neurons...
November 2014: New Journal of Physics
Ruizhe Wang, A E Carlsson
To elucidate the nature of load sharing in the growth of multiple biopolymers, we perform stochastic simulations of the growth of biopolymer bundles against obstacles under a broad range of conditions and varying assumptions. The obstacle motion due to thermal fluctuations is treated explicitly. We assume the "Perfect Brownian Ratchet" (PBR) model, in which the polymerization rate equals the free-filament rate as soon as the filament-obstacle distance exceeds the monomer size. Accurate closed-form formulas are obtained for the case of a rapidly moving obstacle...
November 1, 2014: New Journal of Physics
Rui-Sheng Wang, William M Oldham, Joseph Loscalzo
Molecular oxygen is indispensable for cellular viability and function. Hypoxia is a stress condition in which oxygen demand exceeds supply. Low cellular oxygen content induces a number of molecular changes to activate regulatory pathways responsible for increasing the oxygen supply and optimizing cellular metabolism under limited oxygen conditions. Hypoxia plays critical roles in the pathobiology of many diseases, such as cancer, heart failure, myocardial ischemia, stroke, and chronic lung diseases. Although the complicated associations between hypoxia and cardiovascular (and cerebrovascular) diseases (CVD) have been recognized for some time, there are few studies that investigate their biological link from a systems biology perspective...
October 24, 2014: New Journal of Physics
Svitlana Havrylenko, Xavier Mezanges, Ellen Batchelder, Julie Plastino
Many cell movements occur via polymerization of the actin cytoskeleton beneath the plasma membrane at the front of the cell, forming a protrusion called a lamellipodium, while myosin contraction squeezes forward the back of the cell. In what is known as the "molecular clutch" description of cell motility, forward movement results from the engagement of the acto-myosin motor with cell-matrix adhesions, thus transmitting force to the substrate and producing movement. However during cell translocation, clutch engagement is not perfect, and as a result, the cytoskeleton slips with respect to the substrate, undergoing backward (retrograde) flow in the direction of the cell body...
October 2014: New Journal of Physics
Alona Birjiniuk, Nicole Billings, Elizabeth Nance, Justin Hanes, Katharina Ribbeck, Patrick S Doyle
Biofilms are communities of surface-adherent bacteria surrounded by secreted polymers known as the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS). Biofilms are harmful in many industries, and thus it is of great interest to understand their mechanical properties and structure to determine ways to destabilize them. By performing single particle tracking with beads of varying surface functionalization it was found that charge interactions play a key role in mediating mobility within biofilms. With a combination of single particle tracking and microrheological concepts, it was found that Escherichia coli biofilms display height dependent charge density that evolves over time...
August 27, 2014: New Journal of Physics
Katarzyna Pogoda, LiKang Chin, Penelope C Georges, FitzRoy J Byfield, Robert Bucki, Richard Kim, Michael Weaver, Rebecca G Wells, Cezary Marcinkiewicz, Paul A Janmey
Many cell types, including neurons, astrocytes and other cells of the central nervous system respond to changes in extracellular matrix or substrate viscoelasticity, and increased tissue stiffness is a hallmark of several disease states including fibrosis and some types of cancers. Whether the malignant tissue in brain, an organ that lacks the protein-based filamentous extracellular matrix of other organs, exhibits the same macroscopic stiffening characteristic of breast, colon, pancreatic, and other tumors is not known...
July 2014: New Journal of Physics
Minyoung Kevin Kim, Knut Drescher, On Shun Pak, Bonnie L Bassler, Howard A Stone
Biofilms are surface-associated conglomerates of bacteria that are highly resistant to antibiotics. These bacterial communities can cause chronic infections in humans by colonizing, for example, medical implants, heart valves, or lungs. Staphylococcus aureus, a notorious human pathogen, causes some of the most common biofilm-related infections. Despite the clinical importance of S. aureus biofilms, it remains mostly unknown how physical effects, in particular flow, and surface structure influence biofilm dynamics...
June 26, 2014: New Journal of Physics
Cláudio L N Oliveira, Jason H T Bates, Béla Suki
During the progression of pulmonary fibrosis, initially isolated regions of high stiffness form and grow in the lung tissue due to collagen deposition by fibroblast cells. We have previously shown that ongoing collagen deposition may not lead to significant increases in the bulk modulus of the lung until these local remodeled regions have become sufficiently numerous and extensive to percolate in a continuous path across the entire tissue [Bates et al. 2007 Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 176 617]. This model, however, did not include the possibility of spatially correlated deposition of collagen...
June 26, 2014: New Journal of Physics
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