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Research Article

Filament Depolymerization Can Explain Chromosome Pulling during Bacterial Mitosis

  • Edward J. Banigan,

    Affiliation: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Michael A. Gelbart,

    Affiliations: Graduate Program in Biophysics, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Zemer Gitai,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Ned S. Wingreen mail,

    ajliu@physics.upenn.edu (AJL); wingreen@princeton.edu (NSW)

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Andrea J. Liu mail

    ajliu@physics.upenn.edu (AJL); wingreen@princeton.edu (NSW)

    Affiliation: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Published: September 22, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002145

About the Authors

Edward J. Banigan, Andrea J. Liu
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Michael A. Gelbart
Graduate Program in Biophysics, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Michael A. Gelbart
Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
Zemer Gitai, Ned S. Wingreen
Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: EJB ZG NSW AJL. Performed the experiments: EJB MAG. Analyzed the data: EJB. Wrote the paper: EJB NSW AJL.