Phase-separating elastic system of mixed lipid bilayers

Sohei Tasaki

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A phase-separating elastic system is studied to investigate the morphological dynamics in mixed lipid bilayers. The system can realize two kinds of interactions, elastic and trans-bilayer coupling. In the numerical simulations, even in simple situations with homogeneous and isotropic moduli, some characteristic intramembrane subdomain structures can be observed. The elastic interaction produces fine, distinctive morphology in the lipid membrane and the trans-bilayer coupling interaction regulates the symmetry of the two leaflets of the bilayer. On the basis of the numerical observation, some special states are formulated to simplify the system and to focus on the elastic interaction. Several mathematical properties of the resulting steady states are presented. In particular, it is proved that the elastic interaction stabilizes intramembrane subdomain structures by secondary bifurcations of the steady states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-38
Number of pages16
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 1


  • Bifurcation
  • Elasticity
  • Mixed lipid bilayers
  • Phase separation
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics


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