Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions in the Extraction of Membrane Tubes by Molecular Motors

J. Tailleur, Martin R. Evans, Y. Kafri

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Abstract

The extraction of membrane tubes by molecular motors is known to play an important role for the transport properties of eukaryotic cells. By studying a generic class of models for the tube extraction, we discover a rich phase diagram. In particular we show that the density of motors along the tube can exhibit shocks, inverse shocks, and plateaux, depending on parameters which could in principle be probed experimentally. In addition the phase diagram exhibits interesting reentrant behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118109
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume102
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2009

Keywords

  • EXCLUSION MODEL
  • DRIVEN

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