Spatio-Temporal Structuration in Immobilized Enzyme Systems

  • J. P. Kernevez
  • M. C. Duban
  • C. Joly
  • D. Thomas
Part of the Studies in the Natural Sciences book series (SNS, volume 13)


The aim of this paper is to describe the behavior of immobilized enzyme systems described by nonlinear partial differential equations. In these artificial membranes, interaction of diffusion and reaction gives rise to phenomena of biological significance, such as transport against the gradient of concentration, hysteresis, oscillations, or pattern formation. Similar qualitative behaviors can be observed in living cells: active transport, memory, biological clocks, morphogenesis. It will be shown hereafter that very simple enzyme systems can exhibit such behaviors.


Pattern Formation Gluconic Acid Nonlinear Partial Differential Equation Representative Point Artificial Membrane 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Kernevez
    • 1
  • M. C. Duban
    • 1
  • C. Joly
    • 1
  • D. Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.Université de Technologie de CompiègneCompiègne CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire De Technologie EnzymatiqueFrance

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