Characterizing communication properties of mechanosensitive signals

Hamdan Awan, Raviraj S. Adve, Nigel Wallbridge, Carrol Plummer, Andrew W. Eckford

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This paper considers information-theoretic aspects of mechanosensitive based communication signals in living organisms such as plants and bacteria. Mechanosensitive ion channels function as mechanosensitive transducers, which generate an activation signal in response to a mechanical stimulus. This activation signal is necessary for performing different functions, such as the coordination of growth or determining a response to a stress. The activation signal works by releasing a number of protein molecules carrying information in the transmitter cell which is the input signal of the system. These protein molecules propagate to the receiver cells through a diffusion based medium and react with receptors to produce output protein molecules, forming a molecular communication system. In this paper we develop a communication system model for mechanosensitive systems, and study the mutual information and the information propagation speed associated with their signals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728109626
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Waikoloa, United States
Duration: 09 Dec 201913 Dec 2019

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019 - Proceedings


Conference2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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