Nonequilibrium dynamics of lipid membranes: Deformation and stability in electric fields

Petia M. Vlahovska*

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Abstract

Cellular biomembranes are dynamic structures that undergo frequent deformation and remodeling because of stresses naturally existing in the cellular environments or because of externally applied flow or electric fields. The growing appreciation of the importance of the nonequilibrium behavior of lipid membranes in cell biological function has stimulated an increasing interest in this subject.This review discusses the challenges and recent advances in the theory of nonequilibrium membranes, in particular, membranes in electric fields. The main focus is on cell-size closed lipid membranes (giant vesicles), which provide a well-defined system for experimental testing of theoretical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Planar Lipid Bilayers and Liposomes
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Pages101-146
Number of pages46
Volume12
EditionC
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 27 2010

Publication series

NameAdvances in Planar Lipid Bilayers and Liposomes
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN (Print)1554-4516

Keywords

  • Electric fields
  • Electrohydrodynamics
  • Lipid membrane
  • Stokes flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry

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