Genesis of a spatial pattern in the cellular slime mold Polysphondylium pallidum

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  • The branches in Polysphondylium pallidum whorls are arranged in a radial pattern. We have used a pattern-specific monoclonal antibody to study branch formation and characterize the origin of this pattern. A quantitative spatial analysis of antibody staining reveals that the branching pattern arises from a random distribution. This distribution passes through a series of intermediate stages to yield a radial prepattern. The origins and evolution of this prepattern are satisfactorily accounted for by models that produce spatial patterns by short-range autocatalytic and longer-range inhibitory forces.
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  • Byrne G; Cox EC
  • Start Page

  • 4140
  • End Page

  • 4144
  • Volume

  • 84
  • Issue

  • 12