Cellular automata in cytoskeletal lattices

Steven A. Smith, Richard C. Watt, Stuart R Hameroff

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Abstract

Cellular automata (CA) activities could mediate biological regulation and information processing via nonlinear electrodynamic effects in cytoskeletal lattice arrays. Frohlich coherent oscillations and other nonlinear mechanisms may effect discrete 10-10 to 10-11 s interval events which result in dynamic patterns in biolattices such as cylindrical protein polymers: microtubules (MT). Structural geometry and electrostatic forces of MT subunit dipole oscillations suggest neighbor rules among the hexagonally packed protein subunits. Computer simulations using these suggested rules and MT structural geometry demonstrate CA activities including dynamical and stable self-organizing patterns, oscillators, and traveling "gliders". CA activities in MT and other cytoskeletal lattices may have important biological regulatory functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-174
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Volume10
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984

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Electrodynamics
organizing
Oscillation
geometry
Protein
electrodynamics
Electrostatic Force
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Cellular automata in cytoskeletal lattices. / Smith, Steven A.; Watt, Richard C.; Hameroff, Stuart R.

In: Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Vol. 10, No. 1-2, 1984, p. 168-174.

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Smith, Steven A. ; Watt, Richard C. ; Hameroff, Stuart R. / Cellular automata in cytoskeletal lattices. In: Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena. 1984 ; Vol. 10, No. 1-2. pp. 168-174.
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