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Researchers at Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Target Biomembranes (Wrapping of nanoparticles by membranes)

July 15, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Data detailed on Biomembranes have been presented. According to news reporting originating in Potsdam, Germany, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "How nanoparticles interact with biomembranes is central for understanding their bioactivity. Biomembranes wrap around nanoparticles if the adhesive interaction between the nanoparticles and membranes is sufficiently strong to compensate for the cost of membrane bending."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, "In this article, we review recent results from theory and simulations that provide new insights on the interplay of bending and adhesion energies during the wrapping of nanoparticles by membranes. These results indicate that the interplay of bending and adhesion during wrapping is strongly affected by the interaction range of the particle-membrane adhesion potential, by the shape of the nanoparticles, and by shape changes of membrane vesicles during wrapping."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The interaction range of the particle-membrane adhesion potential is crucial both for the wrapping process of single nanoparticles and the cooperative wrapping of nanoparticles by membrane tubules."

For more information on this research see: Wrapping of nanoparticles by membranes. Advances In Colloid and Interface Science, 2014;208():214-24. (Elsevier -; Advances In Colloid and Interface Science -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.H. Bahrami, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Dept. of Theory and Bio-Systems, Science Park Golm, 14424 Potsdam, Germany. Additional authors for this research include M. Raatz, J. Agudo-Canalejo, R. Michel, E.M. Curtis, C.K. Hall, M. Gradzielski, R. Lipowsky and T.R Weikl (see also Biomembranes).

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Potsdam, Germany, Biomembranes, Nanoparticle, Bioengineering, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies.

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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