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Connect and conquer: collectivized behavior of mitochondria and bacteria

Williams, Catrin and George, Christopher 2019. Connect and conquer: collectivized behavior of mitochondria and bacteria. Frontiers in Physiology , -. 10.3389/fphys.2019.00340

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The connectedness of signaling components in network structures is a universal feature of biologic information processing. Such organization enables the transduction of complex input stimuli into coherent outputs and is essential in modulating activities as diverse as the cooperation of bacteria within populations and the dynamic organization of mitochondria within cells. Here, we highlight some common principles that underpin collectivization in bacteria and mitochondrial populations and the advantages conferred by such behavior. We discuss the concept that bacteria and mitochondrial act as signal transducers of their localized metabolic environments to bring about energy-dependent clustering to modulate higher-order function across multiple scales.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Frontiers Media
ISSN: 1664-042X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 April 2019
Date of Acceptance: 13 March 2019
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 13:20

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