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The author uses classical thermal physics and physical chemistry to explain our current understanding of the membrane.

He looks at domain and 'raft' formation, and discusses it in the context of thermal fluctuations that express themselves in heat capacity and elastic constants. Further topics are lipid-protein interactions, protein binding, and the effect of sterols and anesthetics. Many seemingly unrelated properties of membranes are shown to be intimately intertwined, leading for instance to a coupling between membrane state, domain formation and vesicular shape.

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Thermal Biophysics of Membranes (Tutorials in Biophysics)

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Salik, M. Medrano, G. Cohoon, J. Coats Some proteins self-assemble into rigid, curved, shell-like structures forming coats, which, bound to the membrane, impose their curvature onto the bilayer.


Figure 3. Motor-driven formation of membrane tubules on microtubule tracks. Line Tension We have listed here a series of bending mechanisms involving proteins inserted into or bound onto membranes. Figure 4. BOX 3. Control of the Carrier Size Most proteins that deform membranes through the generation of spontaneous membrane curvature or by a crowding mechanism produce elongated membrane tubules and not spherical buds.

Scission A lipid membrane can be disrupted upon application of a high stretching force. Line Tension The scission of a bud or tubule requires overcoming an energy barrier in the process. Figure 5. Membrane Tension and Pulling Forces Interestingly, the increase of membrane tension that results from a reduced tubule radius considerably decreases the time for scission after phase separation Allain et al.

Scission Proteins Dynamin or dynamin-like proteins induce membrane scission by converting chemical energy of GTP into a squeezing force on the membrane neck Chappie et al. Helix Insertion Local destabilization of the membrane upon hydrophobic insertion is an alternative mechanism for fission. Experimental Systems As seen above, different mechanisms account for membrane bending and scission. From Apparently Simple to Complex: Construction of Endocytic Pits In going from simple to more evolved organisms, an apparent complexification of the endocytic machinery can be observed.

Inducing versus Sensing An important question that has caused some confusion is whether BAR-domain proteins are curvature sensors or inducers. From Apparently Simple to Complex: Membrane Scission Biological membrane scission is another example for which the from-simple-to-complex paradigm appears to apply. A Rafty Bending Business It is now clearly established that the plasma membrane is compartmentalized.

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