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Issue 24, 2015
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Membrane adhesion and the formation of heterogeneities: biology, biophysics, and biotechnology

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Membrane adhesion is essential to many vital biological processes. Sites of membrane adhesion are often associated with heterogeneities in the lipid and protein composition of the membrane. These heterogeneities are thought to play functional roles by facilitating interactions between proteins. However, the causal links between membrane adhesion and membrane heterogeneities are not known. Here we survey the state of the field and indicate what we think are understudied areas ripe for development.

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Submitted
16 Dec 2014
Accepted
27 Mar 2015
First published
27 Mar 2015

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 15522-15533
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Perspective
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Membrane adhesion and the formation of heterogeneities: biology, biophysics, and biotechnology

V. D. Gordon, T. J. O'Halloran and O. Shindell, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 15522
DOI: 10.1039/C4CP05876C

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