Making sense of cells: Model determines which techniques cells employ to increase sensitivity

Our body’s ability to detect disease, foreign material, and the location of food sources and toxins is all determined by a cocktail of chemicals that surround our cells, as well as our cells’ ability to ‘read’ these chemicals. Cells are highly sensitive. In fact, our immune system can be triggered by the presence of just one foreign molecule or ion. Yet researchers don’t know how cells achieve this level of sensitivity. Now, scientists at the Biological Physics Theory Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and collaborators at City University of New York have created a simple model that is providing some answers. They have used this model to determine which techniques a cell might employ to increase its sensitivity in different circumstances, shedding light on how the biochemical networks in our bodies operate. “This model takes a complex biological system and abstracts it into a simple, understandable mathematical framework,”

Making sense of cells: Model determines which techniques cells employ to increase sensitivity

The body's ability to detect disease, foreign material, and the location of food sources and toxins is all determined by a cocktail of chemicals that surround cells, as well as the cells' ability ...

Thu 26 Mar 20 from Phys.org

Making sense of cells

Scientists create model to measure how cells sense their surroundings.

Thu 26 Mar 20 from Eurekalert

Making sense of cells, Thu 26 Mar 20 from AlphaGalileo

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