Correlated lateral phase separations in stacks of lipid membranes

Takuma Hoshino, Shigeyuki Komura, David Andelman

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Motivated by the experimental study of Tayebi et al. [Nat. Mater. 11, 1074 (2012)] on phase separation of stacked multi-component lipid bilayers, we propose a model composed of stacked two-dimensional Ising spins. We study both its static and dynamical features using Monte Carlo simulations with Kawasaki spin exchange dynamics that conserves the order parameter. We show that at thermodynamical equilibrium, due to strong inter-layer correlations, the system forms a continuous columnar structure for any finite interaction across adjacent layers. Furthermore, the phase separation shows a faster dynamics as the inter-layer interaction is increased. This temporal behavior is mainly due to an effective deeper temperature quench because of the larger value of the critical temperature, Tc, for larger inter-layer interaction. When the temperature ratio, T/Tc, is kept fixed, the temporal growth exponent does not increase and even slightly decreases as a function of the increased inter-layer interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number243124
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number24
StatePublished - 28 Dec 2015


FundersFunder number
Israel Science FoundationI438/12
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science24540439
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation2012/060
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science15K05250


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