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TMF, 2014, Volume 181, Number 1, Pages 121–154 (Mi tmf8756)  

This article is cited in 10 scientific papers (total in 10 papers)

Gauge fields, strings, solitons, anomalies, and the speed of life

A. J. Niemiabc

a Department of Physics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
b Laboratoire de Mathématiques et Physique Théorique, CNRS UMR, Université de Tours, Tours, France
c Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: Joel Cohen proposed that ‘`mathematics is biology’s next microscope, only better; biology is mathematics' next physics, only better." Here, we aim for something even better. We try to combine mathematical physics and biology into a picoscope of life. For this, we merge techniques that were introduced and developed in modern mathematical physics, largely by Ludvig Faddeev, to describe objects such as solitons and Higgs and to explain phenomena such as anomalies in gauge fields. We propose a synthesis that can help to resolve the protein folding problem, one of the most important conundrums in all of science. We apply the concept of gauge invariance to scrutinize the extrinsic geometry of strings in three-dimensional space. We evoke general principles of symmetry in combination with Wilsonian universality and derive an essentially unique Landau–Ginzburg energy that describes the dynamics of a generic stringlike configuration in the far infrared. We observe that the energy supports topological solitons that relate to an anomaly similarly to how a string is framed around its inflection points. We explain how the solitons operate as modular building blocks from which folded proteins are composed. We describe crystallographic protein structures by multisolitons with experimental precision and investigate the nonequilibrium dynamics of proteins under temperature variations. We simulate the folding process of a protein at in vivo speed and with close to picoscale accuracy using a standard laptop computer. With picobiology as next pursuit of mathematical physics, things can only get better.

Keywords: physics of proteins, soliton, nonlinear Schrödinger equation, extrinsic string geometry

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4213/tmf8756

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Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, 2014, 181:1, 1235–1262

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Received: 28.06.2014

Citation: A. J. Niemi, “Gauge fields, strings, solitons, anomalies, and the speed of life”, TMF, 181:1 (2014), 121–154; Theoret. and Math. Phys., 181:1 (2014), 1235–1262

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    1. J. He, J. Dai, J. Li, X. Peng, A. J. Niemi, “Aspects of structural landscape of human islet amyloid polypeptide”, J. Chem. Phys., 142:4 (2015), 045102  crossref  adsnasa  isi  scopus
    2. X. Peng, J. He, A. J. Niemi, “Clustering and percolation in protein loop structures”, BMC Struct. Biol., 15 (2015), 22  crossref  isi  scopus
    3. A. Sinelnikova, A. J. Niemi, M. Ulybyshev, “Phase diagram and the pseudogap state in a linear chiral homopolymer model”, Phys. Rev. E, 92:3 (2015), 032602  crossref  adsnasa  isi  elib  scopus
    4. T. Ioannidou, A. J. Niemi, “Poisson hierarchy of discrete strings”, Phys. Lett. A, 380:3 (2016), 333–336  crossref  mathscinet  zmath  adsnasa  isi  scopus
    5. J. Dai, A. J. Niemi, J. He, “Conformational landscape of an amyloid intra-cellular domain and Landau–Ginzburg–Wilson paradigm in protein dynamics”, J. Chem. Phys., 145:4 (2016), 045103  crossref  isi  elib  scopus
    6. X. Peng, A. K. Sieradzan, A. J. Niemi, “Thermal unfolding of myoglobin in the Landau–Ginzburg–Wilson approach”, Phys. Rev. E, 94:6 (2016), 062405  crossref  mathscinet  isi  scopus
    7. N. Ilieva, J. Liu, R. Marinova, P. Petkov, L. Litov, J. He, A. J. Niemi, “Are there folding pathways in the functional stages of intrinsically disordered proteins?”, Application of Mathematics in Technical and Natural Sciences (AMITANS'16), AIP Conf. Proc., 1773, ed. M. Todorov, Amer. Inst. Phys., 2016, 110008  crossref  isi
    8. J. Liu, J. Dai, J. He, A. J. Niemi, N. Ilieva, “Multistage modeling of protein dynamics with monomeric Myc oncoprotein as an example”, Phys. Rev. E, 95:3 (2017), 032406  crossref  isi  scopus
    9. A. Molochkov, A. Begun, A. Niemi, “Gauge symmetries and structure of proteins”, XIIth Quark Confinement and the Hadron Spectrum, EPJ Web Conf., 137, eds. Y. Foka, N. Brambilla, V. Kovalenko, EDP Sciences, 2017, UNSP 04004  crossref  isi  scopus
    10. A. Begun, N. Gerasimenyuk, A. Korneev, A. Molochkov, A. Niemi, “Gauge theory: protein topology and dynamics”, J. Bioenerg. Biomembr., 50:6 (2018), 500–501  isi
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