Probing molecular forces in multi-component physiological membranes
Biological membranes are remarkably heterogeneous, composed of diverse lipid mixtures with distinct chemical structure and composition. By combining molecular dynamics simulations and the newly developed Lipid-Force Distribution Analysis (L-FDA), we explore force transmission in complex multi-component membrane models mimicking eukaryotic organelles. We found that the chemical-moiety based segmentation at membrane interfaces revealed a distinctive distribution of bonded and non-bonded forces in diverse membrane environment. Our molecular stress analysis could have far-reaching implications in describing the relationship between membrane mechanical properties and functional states of chemically distinct lipids.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2018 PCCP HOT Articles