Volume 83, Number 6, September 2008
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||11 September 2008|
A nonlinear cable-like model of amplified ionic wave propagation along microtubules
Department of Physics, University of Alberta - Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J7, Canada
2 Experimental Oncology, Cross Cancer Institute - 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 1Z2, Canada
Accepted: 8 August 2008
The properties of ionic waves propagating along a microtubule in solution are analyzed in this paper. We derive the constitutive equations in the continuum limit, obtain appropriate parameter values from the tubulin structural data and solve numerically these equations finding their dependence on the range of parameter values. Possible biophysical implications of the results that may arise from the model are discussed.
PACS: 87.15.Pc – Electronic and electrical properties / 87.16.Ln – Cytoskeleton / 87.15.ad – Analytical theories
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