Atomistic Simulations of Electroporation of Model Cell Membranes

Part of the Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 227)


Electroporation is a phenomenon that modifies the fundamental function of the cell since it perturbs transiently or permanently the integrity of its membrane. Today, this technique is applied in fields ranging from biology and biotechnology to medicine, e.g., for drug and gene delivery into cells, tumor therapy, etc., in which it made it to preclinical and clinical treatments. Experimentally, due to the complexity and heterogeneity of cell membranes, it is difficult to provide a description of the electroporation phenomenon in terms of atomically resolved structural and dynamical processes, a prerequisite to optimize its use. Atomistic modeling in general and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in particular have proven to be an effective approach for providing such a level of detail. This chapter provides the reader with a comprehensive account of recent advances in using such a technique to complement conventional experimental approaches in characterizing several aspects of cell membranes electroporation.



Simulations were performed using HPC resources from GENCI-CINES. M.T. acknowledges the support of the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, under grant (ANR-10_BLAN-916-03-INTCELL) and support from the “Contrat État Plan Region Lorraine 2015-2020” subproject MatDS. The studies were conducted in the scope of the European Associated Laboratory for Pulsed Electric Field Applications in Biology and Medicine (LEA EBAM).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS, Université de LorraineVandoeuvre les NancyFrance

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