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dc.contributor.authorKogan, Maxim
dc.contributor.authorFeng, Bobo
dc.contributor.authorNordén, Bengt
dc.contributor.authorRocha, Sandra
dc.contributor.authorBeke-Somfai, Tamás
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-28T06:05:29Z
dc.date.available2016-02-28T06:05:29Z
dc.date.issued2014-05-06
dc.identifier.citationKogan M, Feng B, Nordén B, Rocha S, Beke-Somfai T (2014) Shear-Induced Membrane Fusion in Viscous Solutions. Langmuir 30: 4875–4878. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la404857r.
dc.identifier.issn0743-7463
dc.identifier.issn1520-5827
dc.identifier.pmid24758573
dc.identifier.doi10.1021/la404857r
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/599358
dc.description.abstractLarge unilamellar lipid vesicles do not normally fuse under fluid shear stress. They might deform and open pores to relax the tension to which they are exposed, but membrane fusion occurring solely due to shear stress has not yet been reported. We present evidence that shear forces in a viscous solution can induce lipid bilayer fusion. The fusion of 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine (DOPC) liposomes is observed in Couette flow with shear rates above 3000 s-1 provided that the medium is viscous enough. Liposome samples, prepared at different viscosities using a 0-50 wt % range of sucrose concentration, were studied by dynamic light scattering, lipid fusion assays using Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), and linear dichroism (LD) spectroscopy. Liposomes in solutions with 40 wt % (or more) sucrose showed lipid fusion under shear forces. These results support the hypothesis that under suitable conditions lipid membranes may fuse in response to mechanical-force- induced stress. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) (grant KUK-11-008-23), the European Research Council (EC-2008 AdG 227700-SUMO), and the Swedish Research Council - Linnaeus grant SUPRA 349-2007-8680.
dc.publisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)
dc.titleShear-Induced Membrane Fusion in Viscous Solutions
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalLangmuir
dc.contributor.institutionChalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
kaust.grant.numberKUK-11-008-23


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