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Deformation in cooperative molecular motors


We implement a model to represent the effect of the deformation of the backbone of a system of motor proteins while sliding on a track filament. This model incorporates a nearest neighbor interaction term among the motors for the deformation energy. Correlations induced by this term result in increased motor force for inter-particle distances small compared to the ratchet period.

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Received 20 February 2001 and Received in final form 31 May 2001

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Taneri , S., Cemal Yalabık, M. Deformation in cooperative molecular motors. Eur. Phys. J. B 22, 403–407 (2001).

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  • PACS. 87.15.-v Biomolecules: structure and physical properties – 87.15.Aa Theory and modeling; computer simulation – 87.16.Nn Motor proteins