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BP: Fachverband Biologische Physik

BP 9: Poster II

BP 9.13: Poster

Montag, 16. März 2020, 17:30–19:30, P2/2OG

Profilin regulating the polymerisation velocity of Actin — •Lina Heydenreich and Jan Kierfeld — TU Dortmund

F-Actin, as a part of the cytoskeleton, drives crucial biological processes like cell motility, where the control of the polymerisation speed is essential. Experiments in [1] show a maximal polymerisation speed of F-actin at high concentrations of profilin and actin.

We present a kinetic model of F-actin growth in the presence of profilin and obtain an exact result for the mean growth velocity which is in agreement with stochastic simulations and explains the experimental data. The maximal growth speed is limited by the release rate of profilin from filamentous actin. In the limit where nearly all actin monomers are bound to profilin the polymerisation speed follows the Michaelis-Menten kinetics.

[1] Johanna Funk et al. "Profilin and formin constitute a pacemaker system for robust actin filament growth". eLife 8 (2019), e50963

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