Volume 76, Number 2, October 2006
|Page(s)||339 - 345|
|Section||Interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology|
|Published online||13 September 2006|
Adhesion of lipid membranes induced by
Max Planck Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung - Am Mühlenberg 1 14476 Golm, Germany
2 Fachbereich Physik, Freie Universität Berlin - Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 18 August 2006
We describe the apparently first reversible unbinding transition of fluid phosphatidylcholine bilayers. It is induced by minute concentrations of in aqueous 0.1 solution. Mutual adhesion sets in at a threshold of . The adhesion energy increases steeply with concentration up to . It continues to rise with a much smaller slope until the transition becomes irreversible at ca. .
PACS: 82.70.Uv – Surfactants, micellar solutions, vesicles, lamellae, amphiphilic systems (hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions) / 87.16.Dg – Membranes, bilayers, and vesicles / 87.15.Ya – Fluctuations
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