We introduce slow bottleneck sites into a recent extension of the totally asymmetric exclusion process where hopping rates are allowed to vary dynamically with the availability of resources. In the context of messenger RNA (mRNA) translation in biology, this refers to the availability of amino acid-transfer-RNA (aa-tRNA) complexes which act as the source of amino acids for protein production. We study a simple designer mRNA with a single defect codon in the center. As well as the familiar queuing behavior we also observe a regime within the queuing phase where the queue becomes less severe as the aa-tRNAs become depleted.
|Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics
|5 Pt 1
|Published - Nov 2010