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Biophys J. 2007 Feb 1;92(3):864-76. Epub 2006 Nov 10.

Contributions of Gaussian curvature and nonconstant lipid volume to protein deformation of lipid bilayers.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

Abstract

An elastic model for membrane deformations induced by integral membrane proteins is presented. An earlier theory is extended to account for nonvanishing saddle splay modulus within lipid monolayers and perturbations to lipid volume proximal to the protein. Analytical results are derived for the deformation profile surrounding a single cylindrical protein inclusion, which compare favorably to coarse-grained simulations over a range of protein sizes. Numerical results for multi-protein systems indicate that membrane-mediated interactions between inclusions are strongly affected by Gaussian curvature and display nonpairwise additivity. Implications for the aggregation of proteins are discussed.

PMID:
17098794
PMCID:
PMC1779972
DOI:
10.1529/biophysj.106.094953
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