Molecular Motors: Cooperative Phenomena of Multiple Molecular Motors

  • Stefan Klumpp
  • Corina Keller
  • Florian Berger
  • Reinhard Lipowsky


Transport of various types of cargoes in cells is based on molecular motors moving along the cytoskeleton. Often, these motors work in teams rather than as isolated molecules. This chapter discusses analytical and computational approaches to study the cooperation of multiple molecular motors theoretically. In particular, we focus on stochastic methods on various levels of coarse-graining and discuss how the parameters in a mesoscopic theoretical description can be determined by averaging of the underlying microscopic processes. These methods are applied toward understanding the effects of elastic coupling in a motor pair and in the cooperation of several motors pulling a bead. In addition, we review how coupling can have different effects on different motor species.


Molecular Motor Motor Complex Linear Spring Single Motor Elastic Coupling 
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  • Stefan Klumpp
    • 1
  • Corina Keller
    • 1
  • Florian Berger
    • 1
  • Reinhard Lipowsky
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute of Colloids and InterfacesPotsdamGermany

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