Regular gaits and optimal velocities for motor proteins

R. E.Lee DeVille, Eric Vanden-Eijnden

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It has been observed in numerical experiments that adding a cargo to a motor protein can regularize its gait. Here we explain these results via asymptotic analysis on a general stochastic motor protein model. This analysis permits a computation of various observables (e.g., the mean velocity) of the motor protein and shows that the presence of the cargo also makes the velocity of the motor nonmonotone in certain control parameters (e.g., ATP concentration). As an example, we consider the case of a single myosin-V protein transporting a cargo and show that, at realistic concentrations of ATP, myosin-V operates in the regime which maximizes motor velocity. Our analysis also suggests an experimental regimen which can test the efficacy of any specific motor protein model to a greater degree than was heretofore possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2681-2691
Number of pages11
JournalBiophysical journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 15 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics


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