Localized mRNA translation and protein association
Journal article, 2014

Recent direct observations of localization of mRNAs and proteins both in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells can be related to slowdown of diffusion of these species due to macromolecular crowding and their ability to aggregate and form immobile or slowly mobile complexes. Here, a generic kinetic model describing both these factors is presented and comprehensively analyzed. Although the model is non-linear, an accurate self-consistent analytical solution of the corresponding reaction-diffusion equation has been constructed, the types of localized protein distributions have been explicitly shown, and the predicted kinetic regimes of gene expression have been classified.

subcellular processes

protein diffusion

mRNA translation

gene transcription

association and degradation


Vladimir Zhdanov

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Chemical Physics

Central European Journal of Physics

1895-1082 (ISSN) 1644-3608 (eISSN)

Vol. 12 8 603-609

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Physical Chemistry

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