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Nonlinear dynamics and phase space flows to understand the phase behavior of motor protein motion on antiparallel filaments

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G126

Speaker Name(s): 

Hui-Shun Kuan

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Colorado, Boulder
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Condensed Matter Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Motor protein motion on biopolymers can be described by driven diffusive models related to the totally asymmetric exclusion process (TASEP). Inspired by recent experiments on the motion of kinesin-4 motors on antiparallel microtubule overlaps, we develop a model incorporating the TASEP on two antiparallel lanes with binding kinetics and lane switching. We determine the steady-state motor density profiles and phase diagram using phase space flows at the mean-field level. We compared our results to kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. Phases previously identified for the single-filament model occur in the limit of zero switching rate. In addition, lane switching couples the density profiles on the two lanes and can lead to a new phase not possible for a single filament: switching moves motors from the higher density lane to lower density lane, causing local jamming and creating multiple domain walls. We determine the phase diagram of the model for both symmetric and general boundary conditions.