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Diffusiophoresis in Cells: A General Nonequilibrium, Nonmotor Mechanism for the Metabolism-Dependent Transport of Particles in Cells.

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Summary of "Diffusiophoresis in Cells: A General Nonequilibrium, Nonmotor Mechanism for the Metabolism-Dependent Transport of Particles in Cells."

The more we learn about the cytoplasm of cells, the more we realize that the cytoplasm is not uniform but instead is highly inhomogeneous. In any inhomogeneous solution, there are concentration gradients, and particles move either up or down these gradients due to a mechanism called diffusiophoresis. I estimate that inside metabolically active cells, the dynamics of particles can be strongly accelerated by diffusiophoresis, provided that they are at least tens of nanometers across. The dynamics of smaller objects, such as single proteins, are largely unaffected.

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Name: Physical review letters
ISSN: 1079-7114
Pages: 128101

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