Yariv Kafri, Dept. of Physics, Technion
NBRL seminar room (Fisbach 430) at 11:00
2 May, 2010
Steady-State Chemotactic Response in E. coli
The bacterium E. coli maneuvers itself to regions with high chemoattractant concentrations by performing two stereotypical moves: `runs', in which it moves in near straight lines, and `tumbles', in which it does not advance but changes direction randomly. The duration of each move is stochastic and depends upon the chemoattractant concentration experienced in the recent past. We relate this stochastic behavior to the steady-state density of a bacterium population, and we derive the latter as a function of chemoattractant concentration. In contrast to earlier treatments, we account for the effects of temporal correlations and variable tumbling durations. A wide range of behaviors obtains, that depends subtly upon several aspects of the system---memory function, correlation, tumbling stochasticity, in particular.