Curvature effects on membrane-mediated interactions of inclusions
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- Biscari, P., Bisi, F. & Rosso, R. J Math Biol (2002) 45: 37. doi:10.1007/s002850200142
We study the static, long-range interactions of inclusions embedded in lipid membranes. By using a two-dimensional model, we are able to determine explicitly the closed equilibrium shape of the membrane for any value of the distance between the inclusions; our results show that these shapes cannot be obtained by linearizing the equilibrium equations near a referential shape. Moreover, by computing the membrane-mediated force between the inclusions in given static conditions, we also detect the effects on the interactions due to the curvature and the closed geometry of the membrane.