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Measurements of the effect of membrane asymmetry on the mechanical properties of lipid bilayers

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Abstract

We detail an approach for constructing asymmetric membranes and characterising their mechanical properties, leading to the first measurement of the effect of asymmetry on lipid bilayer mechanics. Our results demonstrate that asymmetry induces a significant increase in rigidity compared to symmetric membranes. Given that all biological membranes are asymmetric our findings have profound implications for the role of this phenomenon in biology.

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Submitted
27 Jan 2015
Accepted
13 Mar 2015
First published
13 Mar 2015

This article is Open Access

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 6976-6979
Article type
Communication
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Measurements of the effect of membrane asymmetry on the mechanical properties of lipid bilayers

Y. Elani, S. Purushothaman, P. J. Booth, J. M. Seddon, N. J. Brooks, R. V. Law and O. Ces, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 6976
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC00712G

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