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Title:On the origin and characteristics of noise-induced Lévy Walks of E. Coli
Authors:ID Matthäus, Franziska (Author)
ID Mommer, Mario (Author)
ID Curk, Tine (Author)
ID Dobnikar, Jure (Author)
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URL http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0018623
Work type:Scientific work
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FNM - Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Abstract:Lévy walks as a random search strategy have recently attracted a lot of attention, and have been described in many animal species. However, very little is known about one of the most important issues, namely how Lévy walks are generated by biological organisms. We study a model of the chemotaxis signaling pathway of E. coli, and demonstrate that stochastic fluctuations and the specific design of the signaling pathway in concert enable the generation of Lévy walks. We show that Lévy walks result from the superposition of an ensemble of exponential distributions, which occurs due to the shifts in the internal enzyme concentrations following the stochastic fluctuations. With our approach we derive the power-law analytically from a model of the chemotaxis signaling pathway, and obtain a power-law exponent , which coincides with experimental results. This work provides a means to confirm Lévy walks as natural phenomenon by providing understanding on the process through which they emerge. Furthermore, our results give novel insights into the design aspects of biological systems that are capable of translating additive noise on the microscopic scale into beneficial macroscopic behavior.
Keywords:Lévy walks, E. coli
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Year of publishing:2011
Number of pages:str. 1-8
Numbering:Letn. 6, št. 4
PID:20.500.12556/DKUM-66286 New window
ISSN on article:1932-6203
COBISS.SI-ID:25045031 New window
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0018623 New window
Publication date in DKUM:19.06.2017
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Title:PloS one
Publisher:Public Library of Science
COBISS.SI-ID:2005896 New window

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Funder:EC - European Commission
Funding programme:FP7
Project number:234810
Name:Physics of Complex Colloids: Equilibrium and Driven


License:CC BY 4.0, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
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Licensing start date:19.06.2017

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Keywords:Lévyjevi pobegi, E. coli


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