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Computer simulations of fusion, fission and shape deformation in lipid membranes

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Abstract

Fusion and fission are two kinds of crucial cellular activities related to cell membranes. Therefore, the studies on fusion and fission are particularly important for the understanding of the nature of cell membranes. In this review, the recent studies on fusion, fission and shape deformation in the lipid membrane investigated by computer simulations are presented. Emphases are put on the causes, possible changes on the molecular level and the evolution pathways of fusion and fission processes. Furthermore, the relationship between fission (or fusion) and membrane deformation is also highlighted.

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The article was received on 16 May 2011, accepted on 05 Oct 2011 and first published on 02 Nov 2011


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05903C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 606-618
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    Computer simulations of fusion, fission and shape deformation in lipid membranes

    K. Yang and Y. Ma, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 606
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05903C

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