Document Type

Article

Date

3-12-2007

Embargo Period

10-18-2011

Keywords

condensed matter, soft condensed matter, cell behavior

Language

English

Disciplines

Physics

Description/Abstract

The cytoskeleton provides eukaryotic cells with mechanical support and helps them perform their biological functions. It is a network of semiflexible polar protein filaments and many accessory proteins that bind to these filaments, regulate their assembly, link them to organelles and continuously remodel the network. Here we review recent theoretical work that aims to describe the cytoskeleton as a polar continuum driven out of equilibrium by internal chemical reactions. This work uses methods from soft condensed matter physics and has led to the formulation of a general framework for the description of the structure and rheology of active suspension of polar filaments and molecular motors.

Additional Information

This manuscript is from arXiv.org, for more information see http://arxiv.org/abs/q-bio/0703029

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harvested from arXiv.org

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