Physics of Living Systems

Physics of Living Systems

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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    A mechanism with severing near barbed ends and annealing explains structure and dynamics of dendritic actin networks

    Danielle Holz et al.
    Computational modeling and single molecule imaging data support frequent disassembly and annealing of newly assembled actin, a process that can underlie structural changes of lamellipodial actin networks.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    The role of surface adhesion on the macroscopic wrinkling of biofilms

    Steffen Geisel et al.
    The three-dimensional structure of bacterial biofilms is governed by a buckling-delamination process that is determined by basic physical parameter that allow us to predict and control the biofilm morphology.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Fast bacterial growth reduces antibiotic accumulation and efficacy

    Urszula Łapińska et al.
    Phenotypic variants that avoid antibiotic accumulation within clonal bacterial populations are a significant contributor to antibiotic treatment failure and can rely on previously unrecognised survival strategies such as fast growth during drug treatment.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Glycan processing in the Golgi as optimal information coding that constrains cisternal number and enzyme specificity

    Alkesh Yadav et al.
    A mathematical model of glycosylation in the Golgi apparatus to investigate how the fidelity of synthesising a complex glycan distribution at the plasma membrane depends on parameters such as the number of Golgi cisternae or enzyme specificity.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Residual force enhancement is affected more by quadriceps muscle length than stretch amplitude

    Patrick Bakenecker et al.
    Increasing muscle length, rather than increasing stretch amplitude, contributes more to residual force enhancement during submaximal voluntary contractions of the human quadriceps.
    1. Medicine
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Synchronization in renal microcirculation unveiled with high-resolution blood flow imaging

    Dmitry Postnov et al.
    High-resolution blood flow imaging confirms the presence of large, long-living synchronous clusters in renal microcirculation and reveals how vasoactive drugs affect synchronization properties.

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    Naama Barkai
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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    Ecole Normale Superieure, France
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