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A tuneable attractor underlies yeast respiratory dynamics

Murray, Douglas B. and Lloyd, David 2007. A tuneable attractor underlies yeast respiratory dynamics. Biosystems 90 (1) , pp. 287-294. 10.1016/j.biosystems.2006.09.032

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Our understanding of the molecular structure and function in the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, surpasses that of all other eukaryotic cells. However, the fundamental properties of the complex processes and their control systems have been difficult to reconstruct from detailed dissection of their molecular components. Spontaneous oscillatory dynamics observed in self-synchronized continuous cultures is pervasive, involves much of the cellular network, and provides unique insights into integrative cell physiology. Here, in non-invasive experiments in vivo, we exploit these oscillatory dynamics to analyse the global timing of the cellular network to show the presence of a low-order chaotic component. Although robust to a wide range of environmental perturbations, the system responds and reacts to the imposition of harsh environmental conditions, in this case low pH, by dynamic re-organization of respiration, and this feeds upwards to affect cell division. These complex dynamics can be represented by a tuneable attractor that orchestrates cellular complexity and coherence to the environment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Saccharomyces cerevisiae; Cell dynamics; Respiration; Chaotic attractor.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0303-2647
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:51

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