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Self-similar tip growth in filamentary organisms.

Abstract:
The growth of a family of filamentary microorganisms is described in terms of self-similar growth at the tip which is driven by pressure and sustained by a wall-building growth process. The cell wall is modeled biomechanically as a stretchable elastic membrane using large-deformation elasticity theory. Incorporation of geometry dependent elastic moduli and a self-similar ansatz shows how these equations can generate realistic tip shapes corresponding to a self-similar expansion process.
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Mathematical Inst
Journal:
Physical review letters
Volume:
90
Issue:
10
Pages:
108101
Publication date:
2003-03-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1079-7114
ISSN:
0031-9007
URN:
uuid:75c590b2-062c-4b5b-ba27-2f42c058f687
Source identifiers:
188146
Local pid:
pubs:188146

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