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Information and Metabolism in Bacterial Chemotaxis
Philosophy, Cassino University, Viale Marconi, 10, Cassino, 03043, Italy
Received: 14 October 2012; in revised form: 13 November 2012 / Accepted: 26 December 2012 / Published: 18 January 2013
Abstract: One of the most important issues in theoretical biology is to understand how control mechanisms are deployed by organisms to maintain their homeostasis and ensure their survival. A crucial issue is how organisms deal with environmental information in a way that ensures appropriate exchanges with the environment — even in the most basic of life forms (namely, bacteria). In this paper, I present an information theoretic formulation of how Escherichia coli responds to environmental information during chemotaxis and, more generally, a cybernetic model of the relationship between information and biophysical (metabolic) dynamics.
Keywords: chemotaxis; feedback; information control; programmed goal; prior beliefs;signal; surprisal
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Auletta, G. Information and Metabolism in Bacterial Chemotaxis. Entropy 2013, 15, 311-326.
Auletta G. Information and Metabolism in Bacterial Chemotaxis. Entropy. 2013; 15(1):311-326.
Auletta, Gennaro. 2013. "Information and Metabolism in Bacterial Chemotaxis." Entropy 15, no. 1: 311-326.