Composite membrane deformation on the mesoscopic length scale

Michael F Brown, R. L. Thurmond, S. W. Dodd, D. Otten, K. Beyer

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Nuclear magnetoresistance (NMR) studies were carried out to investigate a series of phospholipids in the Lα state. The influences of the acyl length, lipid polar head groups, addition of a cosurfactant, and incorporation of cholesterol were determined in terms of the bilayer viscoelastic properties. The results imply that the concept of elastic deformation of membranes is applicable on the mesoscopic length scale, approaching the molecular dimensions, with quasicoherent nodes on the order of the bilayer hydrocarbon thickness and less.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1 I
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Medicine(all)

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