Biomolecular self-assembly spatially segregates proteins with a limited number of binding sites (valence) into condensates that coexist with a dilute phase. We develop a many-body lattice model for a three-component system of proteins with fixed valence in a solvent. We compare the predictions of the model to experimental phase diagrams that we measure in vivo, which allows us to vary specifically a binding site's affinity and valency. We find that the extent of phase separation varies exponentially with affinity and increases with valency. Valency alone determines the symmetry of the phase diagram.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physical review letters|
|State||Published - 15 Sep 2022|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)