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Energy utilization in fluctuating biological energy converters
Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab, Livermore, CA 94551 USA.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Molecular biophysics.
2016 (English)In: Structural Dynamics, Vol. 3, no 3, 034701Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

We have argued previously [Szoke et al., FEBS Lett. 553, 18-20 (2003); Curr. Chem. Biol. 1, 53-57 (2007)] that energy utilization and evolution are emergent properties based on a small number of established laws of physics and chemistry. The relevant laws constitute a framework for biology on a level intermediate between quantum chemistry and cell biology. There are legitimate questions whether these concepts are valid at the mesoscopic level. Such systems fluctuate appreciably, so it is not clear what their efficiency is. Advances in fluctuation theorems allow the description of such systems on a molecular level. We attempt to clarify this topic and bridge the biochemical and physical descriptions of mesoscopic systems.

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2016. Vol. 3, no 3, 034701
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Cell and Molecular Biology Structural Biology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-289182DOI: 10.1063/1.4945792ISI: 000379177700007PubMedID: 27191009OAI: diva2:924809
The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research Swedish Research CouncilEU, European Research Council
Available from: 2016-04-29 Created: 2016-04-29 Last updated: 2016-08-02Bibliographically approved

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