Energy utilization in fluctuating biological energy converters
2016 (English)In: Structural Dynamics, Vol. 3, no 3, 034701Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 3, no 3, 034701
Cell and Molecular Biology Structural Biology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-289182DOI: 10.1063/1.4945792ISI: 000379177700007PubMedID: 27191009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-289182DiVA: diva2:924809
FunderThe Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research Swedish Research CouncilEU, European Research Council