An elastic analysis of Listeria monocytogenes propulsion.

@article{Gerbal2000AnEA,
  title={An elastic analysis of Listeria monocytogenes propulsion.},
  author={Fabien Gerbal and Paul Chaikin and Y. Rabin and J. B. Prost},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  year={2000},
  volume={79 5},
  pages={2259-75}
}
The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes uses the energy of the actin polymerization to propel itself through infected tissues. In steady state, it continuously adds new polymerized filaments to its surface, pushing on its tail, which is made from previously cross-linked actin filaments. In this paper we introduce an elastic model to describe how the addition of actin filaments to the tail results in the propulsive force on the bacterium. Filament growth on the bacterial surface produces stresses… CONTINUE READING

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