Lateral diffusion in lipid membranes through collective flows

E. Falck, T. Róg, M.E.J. Karttunen, I. Vattulainen

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    There is no comprehensive model for the dynamics of cellular membranes. Even mechanisms of basic dynamic processes, such as lateral diffusion of lipids, are poorly understood. Our atomic-scale molecular dynamics simulations support a novel, concerted mechanism for lipid diffusion. We find that a lipid and its nearest neighbors move in unison, forming loosely defined clusters. What is more, the motions of lipids are correlated over tens of nanometers:¿ the lateral displacements of lipids in a given monolayer produce striking two-dimensional flow patterns. These flow patterns should have wide implications, affecting, for example, the formation of membrane domains, protein functionality, and action of lipases and drugs on membranes.
    Originele taal-2Engels
    Pagina's (van-tot)44-45
    Aantal pagina's2
    TijdschriftJournal of the American Chemical Society
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1
    StatusGepubliceerd - 2008


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