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Fourier's law of heat transfer and its implication to cell motility

Kawaguchi, Tomoaki and Honda, Hajime and Hatori, Kuniyuki and Imai, Ei-ichi and Matsuno, Koichiro (2005) Fourier's law of heat transfer and its implication to cell motility. Biosystems, 81 (1). 19 - 24.

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Fourier's law of heat transfer addressing temperature differences is intrinsically selective in favoring the mitigation of the differences proceeding as fast as possible. We present an experimental demonstration of such selective behavior of material origin. When an actin filament equipped with nano-scale heat acceptors was placed under heat pulsation, it demonstrated a unidirectional movement without the presence of myosin or ATP. The prime factor for the unidirectional movement was the temperature differences between the locally heated portions on the actin filament and the cooler material bodies in the surroundings. The unidirectional movement could be enhanced in the process of mitigating the temperature differences as fast as possible.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Actin; Cell motility; Fourier's law; Heat transfer; Myosin; Unidirectional movement
Subjects:Biomedical Science > Nanomedicine
ID Code:5818
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:07 Jul 2009 16:55
Last Modified:07 Jul 2009 16:55

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