Biomechanical models of hyphal growth in actinomycetes

Alain Goriely, Michael Tabor

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Abstract

The tip growth of filamentary actinomycetes is investigated within the framework of large deformation membrane theory in which the cell wall is represented as a growing elastic membrane with geometry-dependent elastic properties. The model exhibits realistic hyphal shapes and indicates a self-similar tip growth mechanism consistent with that observed in experiments. It also demonstrates a simple mechanism for hyphal swelling and beading that is observed in the presence of a lysing agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Volume222
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 21 2003

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Keywords

  • Bio-elasticity
  • Filamentary micro-organisms
  • Large deformation theory
  • Tip growth

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Biomechanical models of hyphal growth in actinomycetes. / Goriely, Alain; Tabor, Michael.

In: Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol. 222, No. 2, 21.05.2003, p. 211-218.

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