Interactions in Mixed Lipid Bilayers

  • Sohei Tasaki
Conference paper
Part of the Mathematics for Industry book series (MFI, volume 1)


Fundamental interactions in mixed lipid bilayers are reviewed and discussed to clarify their influences on lipid microdomain formation. First, we describe a phase-separating elastic system of mixed lipid bilayers containing elastic and trans-bilayer interactions. The model can reflect characteristic properties of the bilayer, such as macroscopic elastic moduli and microscopic properties of the constituent molecules, so that we are able to analyze how the composition of the bilayer affects on the lateral morphology. Furthermore, it enables us to examine the interacting effects one by one. It is shown that the elastic interaction can stabilize intramembrane subdomain structures by secondary bifurcations of the steady states, even in simple situations with homogeneous and isotropic rigidity. On the other hand, the trans-bilayer coupling interaction may regulate the symmetry of the two leaflets of the bilayer. Indeed, simulations show us different mechanisms of synchronized lipid sorting and deformation of the bilayer. The fundamental interactions, together with further protein–protein and protein–lipid interactions, may be utilized depending on the situation to organize appropriate morphological structures.


Lipid bilayer Phase separation Elasticity Pattern formation Stability Synchronization Bifurcation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences (FRIS)Tohoku UniversityAoba-ku, SendaiJapan

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