Langevin computer simulations of bacterial protein filaments and the force-generating mechanism during cell division.

@article{Hrger2008LangevinCS,
  title={Langevin computer simulations of bacterial protein filaments and the force-generating mechanism during cell division.},
  author={Ines H{\"o}rger and Enrique Villar Velasco and Jes{\'u}s Mingorance and Germ{\'a}n Rivas and Pedro Tarazona and Montenegro V{\'e}lez},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  year={2008},
  volume={77 1 Pt 1},
  pages={
          011902
        }
}
FtsZ is a bacterial protein that forms filaments that play an essential role in midcell constriction during the process of cell division. The shape of individual filaments of different lengths imaged with atomic force microscopy was modeled considering the protein monomers as beads in a chain and a few parameters to represent their effective interactions. The flexural rigidity and persistence length of the filaments were estimated. This latter value was comparable to the filament length… CONTINUE READING
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