Phenotypic diversity and chaos in a minimal cell model

  • Munteanu A
  • Solé R
  • 37

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 23

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

Gánti's chemoton model (Gánti, T., 2002. On the early evolution of biological periodicity. Cell. Biol. Int. 26, 729) is considered as an iconic example of a minimal protocell including three key subsystems: membrane, metabolism and information. The three subsystems are connected through stoichiometrical coupling which ensures the existence of a replication cycle for the chemoton. Our detailed exploration of a version of this model indicates that it displays a wide range of complex dynamics, from regularity to chaos. Here, we report the presence of a very rich set of dynamical patterns potentially displayed by a protocell as described by this implementation of a chemoton-like model. The implications for early cellular evolution and synthesis of artificial cells are discussed. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Cellular networks
  • Chaos
  • Chemoton
  • Origins of life
  • Protocell

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

  • Andreea Munteanu

  • Ricard V. Solé

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free