Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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Latest articles

    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Calponin-homology domain mediated bending of membrane-associated actin filaments

    Saravanan Palani et al.
    Combination of actin and curly on lipid membranes constitutes a new, minimalistic system to generate high curvature actin rings that can contract upon the action of myosin II filaments.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Propelling and perturbing appendages together facilitate strenuous ground self-righting

    Ratan Othayoth, Chen Li
    Animals can, and robots should, use different types of appendages together to propel and perturb themselves to self-right when overturned, a strenuous yet crucial locomotor task.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    The neuronal calcium sensor Synaptotagmin-1 and SNARE proteins cooperate to dilate fusion pores

    Zhenyong Wu et al.
    During neurotransmitter release, calcium-induced membrane insertion of the C2B domain of Synaptotagmin re-orients the bound SNARE complex which dilates the fusion pore in a mechanical lever action.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Live imaging and biophysical modeling support a button-based mechanism of somatic homolog pairing in Drosophila

    Myron Barber Child VI et al.
    Biophysical modeling and quantitative live-cell imaging converge to show that the century-old puzzle of somatic homolog pairing in Drosophila operates via a button model.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Crash landing of Vibrio cholerae by MSHA pili-assisted braking and anchoring in a viscoelastic environment

    Wenchao Zhang et al.
    Mannose-sensitive hemagglutinin pili act as a braking and anchoring machine during the three-phase landing process of Vibrio cholerae.

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