On the fractal nature of cytoplasm

Miguel A. Aon, Sonia Cortassa

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On the basis of a quantification of the fractal dimension, D, in micrographs of cytoskeleton components or microtrabecular lattice, we propose that the cellular cytoplasm can be described as a percolation cluster, a sort of 'random fractal'. Our hypothesis deals with: (i) the existence of the percolation threshold - a remarkable property of percolation processes; and (ii) the reactivity increase - when enzymes, or targets, and substrates, or effectors, coexist in the same topological dimension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 9 1994


  • Cytoskeleton
  • Fractal dimension
  • Heterogeneous fractal catalysis
  • Percolation cluster

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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