Temporal Order pp 194-196 | Cite as

Coupling of Glycolytic Oscillations and Convective Patterns

  • Stefan C. Müller
  • Theo Plesser
  • Benno Hess
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 29)


When a spatially extended light beam passes through a thin layer of yeast extract placed in a petri dish, a wavelength specific for the absorption of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) is selected, and when glycolysis in the cytoplasmic medium proceeds in an oscillatory manner, spatial patterns are observed on a length scale comparable to the layer depth (1 to 2 mm). They form and disappear periodically in intervals of several minutes ill. Further insight into the coupling of the oscillatory degradation of glycolytic substrates such as glycogen and transport processes in a liquid layer is gained with a two-dimensional UV sensitive spectrophotometer, which uses computer-based video techniques for fast recording of spatially resolved light intensities [2]. The transmission experiments are combined with a dark-field type optical method for detecting spatial distributions of refractive index gradients.


Methyl Orange Transmitted Light Convection Cell Marangoni Convection Transmission Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan C. Müller
    • 1
  • Theo Plesser
    • 1
  • Benno Hess
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für ErnährungsphysiologieDortmund 1Fed. Rep. of Germany

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