Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    A minimal self-organisation model of the Golgi apparatus

    Quentin Vagne et al.
    An unbiased model for the self-organisation of the Golgi apparatus displays either anterograde vesicular transport or cisternal maturation depending on ratios of budding, fusion and biochemical conversion rates.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Cell lineage-dependent chiral actomyosin flows drive cellular rearrangements in early Caenorhabditis elegans development

    Lokesh G Pimpale et al.
    Developmentally controlled chiral counter-rotating actomyosin flows drive cell-lineage spindle skews and cell rearrangements during cytokinesis in early nematode development.
    1. Ecology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Revealing the structure of information flows discriminates similar animal social behaviors

    Gabriele Valentini et al.
    Information theory reveals that apparently similar signaling behaviors in ants and termites are instead governed by distinct communication protocols explaining their underlying different functions.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Golgi compartments enable controlled biomolecular assembly using promiscuous enzymes

    Anjali Jaiman, Mukund Thattai
    By partitioning promiscuous enzymes across multiple Golgi compartments, eukaryotic cells can tightly control the synthesis of complex sugar oligomers.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Dynamic metastable long-living droplets formed by sticker-spacer proteins

    Srivastav Ranganathan, Eugene I Shakhnovich
    Multi-scale simulations reveal a potential, ATP-independent mechanism resulting in the formation of the long-living multi-droplet state by multi-valent, spacer-sticker proteins.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Quantitative modeling of the effect of antigen dosage on B-cell affinity distributions in maturating germinal centers

    Marco Molari et al.
    Detailed and inferred model reproduces B-cell affinity distributions measured in mice immunized according to various protocols and explains non-monotonous effects of antigen dosage on maturation.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Phase Separation: Restricting the sizes of condensates

    Furqan Dar, Rohit Pappu
    Computer simulations of model proteins with sticker-and-spacer architectures shed light on the formation of biomolecular condensates in cells.
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    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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