Biomechanical models of hyphal growth in actinomycetes

Alain Goriely, Michael Tabor

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The tip growth of filamentary actinomycetes is investigated within the framework of large deformation membrane theory in which the cell wall is represented as a growing elastic membrane with geometry-dependent elastic properties. The model exhibits realistic hyphal shapes and indicates a self-similar tip growth mechanism consistent with that observed in experiments. It also demonstrates a simple mechanism for hyphal swelling and beading that is observed in the presence of a lysing agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 21 2003


  • Bio-elasticity
  • Filamentary micro-organisms
  • Large deformation theory
  • Tip growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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