Propagation of kink-antikink pair along microtubules as a control mechanism for polymerization and depolymerization processes
Satarić, Miljko V.
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Among many types of proteinaceous filaments, microtubules (MTs) constitute the most rigid components of the cellular cytoskeleton. Microtubule dynamics is essential for many vital cellular processes such as intracellular transport, metabolism, and cell division. We investigate the nonlinear dynamics of inhomogeneous microtubulin systems and the MT dynamics is found to be governed by a perturbed sine-Gordon equation. In the presence of various competing nonlinear inhomogeneities, it is shown that this nonlinear model can lead to the existence of kink and antikink solitons moving along MTs. We demonstrate kink-antikink pair collision in the framework of Hirotas bilinearization method. We conjecture that the collisions of the quanta of energy propagating in the form of kinks and antikinks may offer a new view of the mechanism of the retrograde and anterograde transport direction regulation of motor proteins in microtubulin systems.
Keywords:microtubules / solitons / solitary solutions / partial differential equations
Source:Chinese Physics B, 2014, 23, 9
- Photonics of micro and nano structured materials (RS-45010)
- URF from Periyar University, India, UGC, NBHM, India, BRNS, India, ICTP, Italy