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Stochastic simulations of fatty-acid proto-cell models
Author(s): F. Mavelli; K. Ruiz-Mirazo
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Paper Abstract

In this contribution we tackle the problem of simulating the time behavior of self-assembling fatty acid vesicles in different experimental conditions. These systems have been (and are being) explored by various labs as possible precursor models of cellular compartments. By means of our recently developed stochastic simulation platform ('ENVIRONMENT') we are able to reproduce quite satisfactorily experimental data that have been reported on the different growth behavior of this type of proto-cellular systems, depending on the level of osmotic pressure they are under. The work here presented is part of a more general attempt to gain insight into the problem of how self-assembling vesicles (closed bilayer structures) could progressively turn into minimal self-producing and self-reproducing cells: i.e., into interesting candidates for (proto-)biological systems. This involves crossing the traditional gap between in silico and in vitro approaches, as we try to do here, convinced that major adavances in the field require the correct integration of both theoretical and experimental endeavors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6602, Noise and Fluctuations in Biological, Biophysical, and Biomedical Systems, 66021B (8 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.724707
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F. Mavelli, Univ. of Bari (Italy)
K. Ruiz-Mirazo, Univ. of the Basque Country (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6602:
Noise and Fluctuations in Biological, Biophysical, and Biomedical Systems
Sergey M. Bezrukov, Editor(s)

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