Dynamics of a semiflexible polar filament in Stokes flow

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In this work, the dynamics and transport of a polarly driven filament is examined using a continuum slender-body model. Immersed in a viscous fluid, the filament gains polar propulsion from the motor proteins (anchored on the motility assay) while experiencing a viscous drag from the bottom wall. Results from the linear analysis on a straight polar filament illustrate the necessity of spatial inhomogeneity in the polar forcing for the buckling instability. The ensuing buckling leads to filament deformation, undulation, and change of its direction of motion in the numerical simulations. Repeated filament buckling in two types of motor protein concentration landscape results in diffusive transport of a polar filament on scales much larger than the mean-free path and the average duration between filament buckling events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number016309
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 14 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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