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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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Submitted
30 Jan 2009
Accepted
18 May 2009
First published
30 Jun 2009

Soft Matter, 2009,5, 3201-3212
Article type
Review Article

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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