Department of Physics

Indian Institute Of Technology Madras , Chennai

INTRINSIC NOISE IN THE BIOCHEMICAL SENSORY PATHWAY OF ESCHERICHIA COLI AND ITS IMPLICATIONS

Speaker : Ms. USHASI ROY

2018-10-22

Abstract :

Bacterial cells are μm-sized ‘living machines’ capable of taking complex decisions. Despite being a unicellular, prokaryotic microorganism, the bacterium E. coli has an inherent mechanism to perceive the extracellular environment, take proper decisions depending on the nature of the stimulus and perfectly adapt to it. The underlying signal transduction mech​anism of the organism is inherently noisy. In this talk, I will give an overview of a systematic and rigorous modelling approach, we developed to characterize the intrinsic noise in the biochemical sensory pathway of E. coli, and explore its effects. The model is used to predict quantities such as mean and fluctuations in the output, response of the pathway to external perturbations, chemotactic drift velocity and diffusion coefficient in an attractant gradient. Our analysis, analytical as well as computational, suggests that both methylation and signalling noise have significant impact on the chemotactic performance of the organism, in some parameter regimes. ​​

Key Speaker Ms. USHASI ROY
Guests None
Place Seminar Room
Start Time 3:00 PM
Finish Time 4:00 PM
External Link None