Hidden Stochastic Nature of a Single Bacterial Motor
Korobkova, Ekaterina A.
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CitationKorobkova, Ekaterina A., Thierry Emonet, Heungwon Park, and Philippe Cluzel. 2006. Hidden stochastic nature of a single bacterial motor. Physical Review Letters 96, no. 5: 058105.
AbstractThe rotary flagellar motor of Escherichia coli bacterium switches stochastically between the clockwise (CW) and counterclockwise (CCW) direction. We found that the CW and CCW intervals could be described by a gamma distribution, suggesting the existence of hidden Markov steps preceding each motor switch. Power spectra of time series of switching events exhibited a peaking frequency instead of the Lorentzian profile expected from standard kinetic two-state models. Our analysis indicates that the number of hidden steps may be a key dynamical parameter underlying the switching process in a single bacterial motor as well as in large cooperative molecular systems.
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