Membrane shape equations

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Shape equations allow the understanding of complex conformations of membranes of cells and cell organelles. We describe the theoretical approaches used to describe the elastic behaviour of lipid membranes, review the sets of equations proposed previously to analyse membrane mechanical equilibrium and discuss their limitations. We further present a derivation of generalized shape equations, which are not limited by any assumptions about the membrane structure and shape. These equations represent a tool for the analysis of complex shapes of cell membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS05
Pages (from-to)S1177-S1190
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number28
StatePublished - 19 Jul 2006


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