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

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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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The article was received on 27 Jan 2015, accepted on 13 Mar 2015 and first published on 13 Mar 2015


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC00712G
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Citation: Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 6976-6979
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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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