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Research Article

Trypanosome Motion Represents an Adaptation to the Crowded Environment of the Vertebrate Bloodstream

  • Niko Heddergott,

    Affiliation: Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

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  • Timothy Krüger,

    Affiliation: Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

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  • Sujin B. Babu,

    Affiliations: Institute of Theoretical Physics, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Physics Department, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, JLN Marg, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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  • Ai Wei,

    Affiliation: Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

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  • Erik Stellamanns,

    Affiliation: Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany

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  • Sravanti Uppaluri,

    Affiliation: Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany

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  • Thomas Pfohl,

    Affiliations: Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany, Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Holger Stark,

    Affiliation: Institute of Theoretical Physics, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Markus Engstler mail

    markus.engstler@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de

    Affiliation: Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

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  • Published: November 15, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003023

About the Authors

Niko Heddergott, Timothy Krüger, Ai Wei, Markus Engstler
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
Sujin B. Babu, Holger Stark
Institute of Theoretical Physics, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Sujin B. Babu
Physics Department, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, JLN Marg, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Erik Stellamanns, Sravanti Uppaluri, Thomas Pfohl
Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany
Thomas Pfohl
Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Corresponding Author

Email: markus.engstler@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: NH ME. Performed the experiments: NH ME TK AW. Analyzed the data: NH TK AW ME. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: ES SU TP. Wrote the paper: NH TK ME. Designed and performed numerical modeling: SBB HS.