Transport in a molecular motor system
University of Zurich,
8057 Zurich, Switzerland.
2 Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Center for Nonlinear Analysis and Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. email@example.com.
Revised: 13 September 2004
Intracellular transport in eukarya is attributed to motor proteins that transduce chemical energy into directed mechanical energy. This suggests that, in nonequilibrium systems, fluctuations may be oriented or organized to do work. Here we seek to understand how this is manifested by quantitative mathematical portrayals of these systems.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 34D23 / 35K50 / 35K57 / 92C37 / 92C45
Key words: Fokker-Planck / weakly coupled system / molecular motor / Brownian rachet / transport.
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