Elena Yu. Smirnova

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In contrast to the widely used method of electroporation, the method of soft perforation of lipid bilayers is proposed. It is based on the structural rearrangement of the lipid bilayer formed from disaturated phospholipids at the temperature of the phase transition from the liquid crystalline state to the gel state. This allows us to obtain a lipid pore(More)
Electrical capacitance of the planar bilayer lipid membrane (BLM) formed from hydrogenated egg lecithin (HEL) has been studied during many passages through the phase transition temperature. In contrast to the BLM from individual synthetic phospholipids, membranes from HEL did not demonstrate any capacitance change at the phase transition temperature(More)
Characteristics of action potential generation are important to understanding brain functioning and, thus, must be understood and modeled. It is still an open question what model can describe concurrently the phenomena of sharp spike shape, the spike threshold variability, and the divisive effect of shunting on the gain of frequency-current dependence. We(More)
Orientation processing in the primary visual cortex (V1) has been experimentally investigated in detail and reproduced in models, while color processing remains unclear. Thus, we have constructed a mathematical model of color and orientation processing in V1. The model is mainly based on the following experimental evidence concerning color blobs: A blob(More)
The formation of hydrophilic pores in a lipid bilayer during phase transition is described using the Smoluchowski equation with an additional term of the hydrophobic pore source. This term is added to account for defects in lipid packing during phase transition. We assume that the temporal sequence of the pores is a stochastic process, a non-stationary(More)
The activation of neurotransmitter receptors increases the current flow and membrane conductance and thus controls the firing rate of a neuron. In the present work, we justified the two-dimensional representation of a neuronal input by voltage-independent current and conductance and obtained experimentally and numerically a complete input-output (I/O)(More)
The Smoluchowski equation with an energy profile of a special type and an assumed hydrophobic (“half”) pore source term is used to describe the process of hydrophilic pore formation in a lipid bilayer at the gel-liquid phase transition. The source term reflects the occurrence of molecule packing defects in a lipid bilayer at phase transition. The time(More)
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