Lecture notes for Monday, March 6, 2017



A Digression on Chemotaxis

Accumulation of cells in a specific place can be either by selective adhesiveness ("haptotaxis" - see lecture notes for February 1st) or by chemotaxis.

Scientists tend to think of chemotaxis as ONE mechanism, But bacterial chemotaxis is by an increase in random turning when the attractant concentration decreases.

Leucocyte & Dictyostelium chemotaxis is by turning of locomotion toward the side where there is a higher concentration of attractant.




Two videos of computer simulations of mechanism of chemotaxis. These were shown in class with the sound turned off, but please watch them again and listen to the recorded audio.

    first video: demonstration of behavioral rules that can produce the effects of chemotaxis

    second video: user's choice of different rules








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