Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Swimming eukaryotic microorganisms exhibit a universal speed distribution

    Maciej Lisicki et al.
    Analysis of published studies reveals that flagellates and ciliates separately exhibit log-normal distributions of swimming speeds, and rescaling by the mean speed of each collapses them to a universal relationship.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    A microfluidic device for inferring metabolic landscapes in yeast monolayer colonies

    Zoran S Marinkovic et al.
    Metabolic gradients underlie gene expression patterns within spatially controlled expanding 2D microbial colonies.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Liquid-crystal organization of liver tissue

    Hernán Morales-Navarrete et al.
    Bidirectional communication between hepatocytes and sinusoids governs long-range liquid-crystal order of hepatocyte polarity.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Morphogenesis: Mathematical models with frills

    Pierre A Haas
    The spectacular frill around the neck of the lizard Chlamydosaurus has its origins in a mechanical instability that arises during development.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Elastic instability during branchial ectoderm development causes folding of the Chlamydosaurus erectile frill

    Sophie A Montandon et al.
    Robust wrinkling pattern of the frilled dragon’s spectacular erectile ruff emerges from an elastic instability during homogeneous growth of the embryonic neck fold frustrated by its attachment to adjacent tissues.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Nanoresolution real-time 3D orbital tracking for studying mitochondrial trafficking in vertebrate axons in vivo

    Fabian Wehnekamp et al.
    The ability to follow single objects in 3D in a living organism with high spatiotemporal resolution opens new possibilities for quantitative biophysical studies of complex systems in their physiological context.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Shared behavioral mechanisms underlie C. elegans aggregation and swarming

    Siyu Serena Ding et al.
    Two seemingly distinct behaviors in social C. elegans worms, namely aggregating into groups and swarming over food, are driven by the same underlying mechanisms.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Spatiotemporal organization of branched microtubule networks

    Akanksha Thawani et al.
    A sequential reaction pathway involving TPX2, augmin and γ-TuRC governs the assembly and architecture of branched microtubule networks.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Spatial control of irreversible protein aggregation

    Christoph Weber et al.
    A theoretical basis for the spatial regulation of protein aggregation shows how aggregates can partition preferentially into intracellular liquid compartments.

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