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Spatio-temporal correlations between catastrophe events in a microtubule bundle: a computational study
Published in Springer
PMID: 32157375
Volume: 49
Issue: 3-4
Pages: 215 - 222
We explore correlations between dynamics of different microtubules in a bundle, via numerical simulations, using a one-dimensional stochastic model of a microtubule. The guanosine triphosphate (GTP)-bound tubulins undergo diffusion-limited binding to the tip. Random hydrolysis events take place along the microtubule and converts the bound GTP in tubulin to guanosine diphosphate (GDP). The microtubule starts depolymerising when the monomer at the tip becomes GDP-bound; in this case, detachment of GDP-tubulin ensues and continues until either GTP-bound tubulin is exposed or complete depolymerisation is achieved. In the latter case, the microtubule is defined to have undergone a “catastrophe”. Our results show that, in general, the dynamics of growth and catastrophe in different microtubules are coupled to each other; the closer the microtubules are, the stronger the coupling. In particular, all microtubules grow slower, on average, when brought closer together. The reduction in growth velocity also leads to more frequent catastrophes. More dramatically, catastrophe events in the different microtubules forming a bundle are found to be correlated; a catastrophe event in one microtubule is more likely to be followed by a similar event in the same microtubule. This propensity of bunching disappears when the microtubules move farther apart. © 2020, European Biophysical Societies' Association.
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