Contact time periods in immunological synapse


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: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Additional Information: ©2014 American Physical Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: Condensed Matter Physics,Statistical and Nonlinear Physics,Statistics and Probability
Publication ISSN: 1550-2376
Last Modified: 10 May 2024 07:10
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 15:15
Full Text Link: http://journals ... sRevE.90.042706
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014-10-08
Authors: Bush, Daniel R.
Chattopadhyay, Amit K. (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5499-6008)



Version: Accepted Version

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