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Vesicles in electric fields: Some novel aspects of membrane behavior

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Abstract

This review focuses on the effects of electric fields on giant unilamellar vesicles, a cell-size membrane system. We describe various types of behavior of vesicles subjected to either alternating fields or strong direct current pulses, such as electrodeformation, -poration and -fusion. The vesicle response to alternating fields in various medium conditions is introduced and the underlying physical mechanisms are highlighted, supported by theoretical modeling. New aspects of the response of vesicles with charged or neutral membranes, in fluid or gel-phase, and embedded in different solutions, to strong direct current pulses are described including novel applications of vesicle electrofusion for nanoparticle synthesis.

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The article was received on 30 Jan 2009, accepted on 18 May 2009 and first published on 30 Jun 2009


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B901963D
Citation: Soft Matter, 2009,5, 3201-3212
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    Vesicles in electric fields: Some novel aspects of membrane behavior

    R. Dimova, N. Bezlyepkina, M. D. Jordö, R. L. Knorr, K. A. Riske, M. Staykova, P. M. Vlahovska, T. Yamamoto, P. Yang and R. Lipowsky, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 3201
    DOI: 10.1039/B901963D

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