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Genesis of a spatial pattern in the cellular slime mold

Byrne, G; (1987) Genesis of a spatial pattern in the cellular slime mold. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A , 84 (12) 4140 - 4144.

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Abstract

The branches in Polysphondylium pallidum whorls are arranged in a radial pattern. We have used a pattern-specific monoclonal antibody to study branch formation and characterize the origin of this pattern. A quantitative spatial analysis of antibody staining reveals that the branching pattern arises from a random distribution. This distribution passes through a series of intermediate stages to yield a radial prepattern. The origins and evolution of this prepattern are satisfactorily accounted for by models that produce spatial patterns by short-range autocatalytic and longer-range inhibitory forces.

Type:Article
Title:Genesis of a spatial pattern in the cellular slime mold
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science

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