Stochastic Models of Molecular Motors

21/08/2008, 14:15, D5-153

Bob Rutten, Hasselt University, Belgium

Motion on a cellular scale is achieved by protein complexes called molecular motors. In every cell there are many species of these molecules present, all with a different function. In this presentation an example is given on how directed movement can occur and some possible ways in which it can be modeled are discussed. In each of these models there will be a stochastic aspect present, due to the inherent thermal fluctuations of the cellular environment. To gain insight in the feasibility of these models, the analytical predictions are compared to simulated results.