Mean first passage times for bond formation for a Brownian particle in linear shear flow above a wall
Authors: Korn CB, Schwarz US
CellNetworks People: Schwarz Ulrich
Journal: J Chem Phys. 2007 Mar 7;126(9):095103

Motivated by cell adhesion in hydrodynamic flow, here the authors study bond formation between a spherical Brownian particle in linear shear flow carrying receptors for ligands covering the boundary wall. They derive the appropriate Langevin equation which includes multiplicative noise due to position-dependent mobility functions resulting from the Stokes equation. They present a numerical scheme which allows to simulate it with high accuracy for all model parameters, including shear rate and three parameters describing receptor geometry (distance, size, and height of the receptor patches). In the case of homogeneous coating, the mean first passage time problem can be solved exactly. In the case of position-resolved receptor-ligand binding, they identify different scaling regimes and discuss their biological relevance.