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Directed tubule growth from giant unilamellar vesicles in a thermal gradient

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Abstract

We demonstrate experimental control over tubule growth in giant unilamellar vesicles with liquid–liquid phase coexistence, using a thermal gradient to redistribute lipid phase domains on the membrane. As studied previously, the domains of the less abundant phase always partition towards hotter temperatures, depleting the cold side of the vesicle of domains. We couple this mechanism of domain migration with the inclusion of negative-curvature lipids within the membrane, resulting in control of tubule growth direction towards the high temperature. Control of composition determines the interior/exterior growth of tubules, whereas the thermal gradient regulates the length of the tubule relative to the vesicle radius. Maintaining lipid membranes under non-equilibrium conditions, such as thermal gradients, allows the creation of thermally-oriented protrusions, which could be a key step towards developing functional materials or artificial tissues. Interconnected vesicle compartments or ejected daughter vesicles as transport intermediaries towards hot/cold are just two possibilities.

Graphical abstract: Directed tubule growth from giant unilamellar vesicles in a thermal gradient

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Submitted
15 Sep 2018
Accepted
08 Dec 2018
First published
25 Jan 2019

This article is Open Access

Soft Matter, 2019,15, 1676-1683
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Directed tubule growth from giant unilamellar vesicles in a thermal gradient

E. L. Talbot, J. Kotar, L. Di Michele and P. Cicuta, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 1676
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01892H

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