Artificial Life and Robotics

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 194–198

The diversification of proto-cells driven by membrane permselectivity

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10015-008-0549-x

Cite this article as:
Hatakeyama, M. & Hashimoto, T. Artif Life Robotics (2008) 13: 194. doi:10.1007/s10015-008-0549-x


We consider how permselectivity as a function of the membrane is related to the cell evolution with an abstract proto-cell model. We construct an autopoietic proto-cell model having primitive auto-catalytic reaction cycle inside. In this model, several primitive membrane substances are assumed to be produced from the reaction cycle and the membrane is assumed to have a permeability to specific chemical species. We show that the permselectivity of the membrane induces the diversification of the cell volume. We discuss how the diversification of the cells is related to the Darwinian evolution.

Key words

Cell evolution Proto-cell model Membrane permselectivity Auto-catalytic reaction Diversification 

Copyright information

© International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics (ISAROB). 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Knowledge Science Japan Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyIshikawaJapan
  2. 2.TOYOTA Central R&D Labs., Inc.AichiJapan

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