Contact time periods in immunological synapse

Bush, Daniel R. and Chattopadhyay, Amit K. (2014). Contact time periods in immunological synapse. Physical Review E, 90 (4),


This paper resolves the long standing debate as to the proper time scale τ of the onset of the immunological synapse bond, the noncovalent chemical bond defining the immune pathways involving T cells and antigen presenting cells. Results from our model calculations show τ to be of the order of seconds instead of minutes. Close to the linearly stable regime, we show that in between the two critical spatial thresholds defined by the integrin:ligand pair (Δ2∼ 40-45 nm) and the T-cell receptor TCR:peptide-major-histocompatibility-complex pMHC bond (Δ1∼ 14-15 nm), τ grows monotonically with increasing coreceptor bond length separation δ (= Δ2-Δ1∼ 26-30 nm) while τ decays with Δ1 for fixed Δ2. The nonuniversal δ-dependent power-law structure of the probability density function further explains why only the TCR:pMHC bond is a likely candidate to form a stable synapse.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Mathematics
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Additional Information: ©2014 American Physical Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: Condensed Matter Physics,Statistical and Nonlinear Physics,Statistics and Probability
Full Text Link: http://journals ... sRevE.90.042706
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Published Date: 2014-10-08
Authors: Bush, Daniel R.
Chattopadhyay, Amit K. ( 0000-0001-5499-6008)



Version: Accepted Version

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