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How bio-filaments twist membranes

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We study the deformations of a fluid membrane imposed by adhering stiff bio-filaments due to the torques they apply. In the limit of small deformations, we derive a general expression for the energy and the deformation field of the membrane. This expression is specialised to different important cases including closed and helical bio-filaments. In particular, we analyse interface-mediated interactions and membrane wrapping when the filaments apply a local torque distribution on a tubular membrane.

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The article was received on 11 Mar 2016, accepted on 01 Jun 2016 and first published on 02 Jun 2016

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00616G
Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 5747-5757
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    How bio-filaments twist membranes

    J. Fierling, A. Johner, I. M. Kulić, H. Mohrbach and M. M. Müller, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 5747
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00616G

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