Volume 47, Number 3, August I 1999
|Page(s)||292 - 297|
|Published online||01 September 2002|
Vesicular budding induced by a long and flexible polymer
Department of Physics and Institute of Polymer Research Pohang University of Science and Technology - Pohang 790-784, S. Korea
Accepted: 4 June 1999
We investigate the shape transformation of a vesicle incorporated with a long and flexible polymer. We evaluate the grand canonical partition function of the polymer to consider the effects of chain conformational changes on the membrane. It is found that the polymer loops with the ends adsorbed or anchored on the membrane play a major role on vesicular budding transition.
PACS: 05.40.-a – Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion / 36.20.-r – Macromolecules and polymer molecules / 87.16.-b – Subcellular structure and processes
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