Lipid-Protein Membranes out of Equilibrium

Mar 17, 2010, 3:15 PM
Nordita Seminar Room 132:028 (Nordita)

Nordita Seminar Room 132:028



Michael Lomholt


Biological membranes are typically not in thermal equilibrium. Experiments on lipid-protein model membranes have revealed that protein activity influences the mechanical properties of the membrane. A possible explanation for this alteration is given by a theoretical model in which the active proteins act as force-dipoles on the surrounding medium. A prediction of this model is that the protein activity will modify the tension of the membrane. However, one has to be careful when one looks at the consequences of this tension modification for the fluctuation spectrum of the membrane shape.

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