The ratio of the lateral correlation length and particle radius determines the density profile of spherical molecules near a fluctuating membrane

F. Córdoba-Valdés, R. Castañeda-Priego, J. Timmer, C. Fleck

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Abstract

Interactions between membranes and molecules are important for many biological processes, e.g., transport of molecules across cell membranes. However, the detailed physical description of the membrane–biomolecule system remains a challenge and simplified schemes allow capturing its main intrinsic features. In this work, by means of Monte Carlo computer simulations, we systematically study the distribution of uncharged spherical molecules in contact with a flexible surface. Our results show that the distribution for finite size particles has the same simple functional form as the one obtained for point-like particles and depends only on the ratio of the lateral correlation length of the membrane and the radius of the molecules.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8475-8481
JournalSoft Matter
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • depletion forces
  • fluid membranes
  • lipid bilayers
  • vesicles
  • surfaces
  • colloids
  • contact
  • regime

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