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Connect and Conquer: Collectivized Behavior of Mitochondria and Bacteria

Catrin F. Williams, Christopher George Orcid Logo

Frontiers in Physiology, Volume: 10

Swansea University Author: Christopher George Orcid Logo

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Abstract

The connectedness of signaling components in network structures is a universal featureof biologic information processing. Such organization enables the transduction ofcomplex input stimuli into coherent outputs and is essential in modulating activities asdiverse as the cooperation of bacteria within...

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Published in: Frontiers in Physiology
ISSN: 1664-042X
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa49863
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Abstract: The connectedness of signaling components in network structures is a universal featureof biologic information processing. Such organization enables the transduction ofcomplex input stimuli into coherent outputs and is essential in modulating activities asdiverse as the cooperation of bacteria within populations and the dynamic organizationof mitochondria within cells. Here, we highlight some common principles that underpincollectivization in bacteria and mitochondrial populations and the advantages conferredby such behavior. We discuss the concept that bacteria and mitochondria act as signaltransducers of their localized metabolic environments to bring about energy-dependentclustering to modulate higher-order function across multiple scales.
Keywords: self-organization / mitochondria / collectivization / bacteria / dynamic system
College: Swansea University Medical School