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A Model of Protocell Based on Pollack Effect

Matti Pitkanen


The work carried out by David Zwicker and collaborators at  the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, both in Dresden leads to a concrete candidate for protocells as a water droplet containing proteins and able to exchange molecules with environment. In a simplified model  for the  droplets (P-granules in C-elegans cell is the real life example)  the  proteins in droplet can be in two states: in state A the stay in droplet and do not get out but can enter to the droplet from outside. In state B they can get out from droplet. To get into  state B energy such as sunlight would be  required. TGD suggests a concrete counterpart for the droplet as exclusion zones (EZs) induced by energy feed such as radiation in water in Pollack effect. EZs are able remove inpurities from interior in  conflict with second law. TGD based explanation of the mystery is change of the arrow of time induced by TGD counterpart of ordinary state function reduction in zero energy ontology (ZEO): self-organization would be dissipation with reversed arrow of time at  at the magnetic body (MB) of system acting as master and forcing time reversed evolution at the level of ordinary bio-matter serving as a slave.

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