Alin Finkelshtein

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Apoptotic-like programmed cell death (PCD) occurs naturally in fungi during development and might also be induced by external conditions. Candidate apoptotic genes have been characterized in several model fungal species but not in plant pathogenic fungi. Here we report on the isolation and characterization of BcNMA, an orthologue of the human pro-apoptotic(More)
Much effort has been devoted to the study of swarming and collective navigation of micro-organisms, insects, fish, birds and other organisms, as well as multi-agent simulations and to the study of real robots. It is well known that insect swarms can carry cargo. The studies here are motivated by a less well-known phenomenon: cargo transport by bacteria(More)
Bacteria often use sophisticated cooperative behaviours, such as the development of complex colonies, elaborate biofilms and advanced dispersal strategies, to cope with the harsh and variable conditions of natural habitats, including the presence of antibiotics. Paenibacillus vortex uses swarming motility and cell-to-cell communication to form complex,(More)
In the heterogeneous environment surrounding plant roots (the rhizosphere), microorganisms both compete and cooperate. Here, we show that two very different inhabitants of the rhizosphere, the nonmotile fungus Aspergillus fumigatus and the swarming bacterium Paenibacillus vortex, can facilitate each other's dispersal. A. fumigatus conidia (nonmotile asexual(More)
Venomous organisms are usually resistant to their own venoms, and utilize mechanical behavioral means to resolve intra-specific conflicts, such as those occurring over territory, mates or social status. The present study deals with a venom apparatus, which has been specifically designed for conspecific aggression, by the aid of a unique pharmacology.(More)
Abstract. In this paper we study the orthogonality conditions satisfied by Jacobi polynomials P (α,β) n when the parameters α and β are not necessarily > −1. We establish orthogonality on a generic closed contour on a Riemann surface. Depending on the parameters, this leads to either full orthogonality conditions on a single contour in the plane, or to(More)
UNLABELLED Swarming bacteria are challenged by the need to invade hostile environments. Swarms of the flagellated bacterium Paenibacillus vortex can collectively transport other microorganisms. Here we show that P. vortex can invade toxic environments by carrying antibiotic-degrading bacteria; this transport is mediated by a specialized, phenotypic(More)
Paenibacillus dendritiformis is a Gram-positive, soil-dwelling, spore-forming social microorganism. An intriguing collective faculty of this strain is manifested by its ability to switch between different morphotypes, such as the branching (T) and the chiral (C) morphotypes. Here we report the 6.3-Mb draft genome sequence of the P. dendritiformis C454(More)
Strong asymptotics on the whole complex plane of a sequence of monic Jacobi polynomials P (αn,βn) n is studied, assuming that lim n→∞ αn n = A , lim n→∞ βn n = B , with A and B satisfying A > −1, B > −1, A + B < −1. The asymptotic analysis is based on the non-Hermitian orthogonality of these polynomials, and uses the Deift/Zhou steepest descent analysis for(More)
We investigate the asymptotic zero distribution of Heine-Stieltjes polynomials – polynomial solutions of a second order differential equations with complex polynomial coefficients. In the case when all zeros of the leading coefficients are all real, zeros of the Heine-Stieltjes polynomials were interpreted by Stieltjes as discrete distributions minimizing(More)