Philip A. Pincus

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We calculate the membrane-induced interaction between inclusions, in terms of the membrane stretching and bending moduli and the spontaneous curvature. We find that the membrane-induced interaction between inclusions varies nonmonotonically as a function of the inclusion spacing. The location of the energy minimum depends on the spontaneous curvature and(More)
The curvature elastic energy of bilayer vesicles formed by a mixture of two surfactants, which individually form either micelles or lamellar bilayer phases is described theoretically. In the limit of large bending elastic modulus K being much greater than the temperature T, the free energy is minimized by vesicles with different concentrations of the two(More)
Cell membranes contain small domains (on the order of nanometers in size, sometimes called rafts) of lipids whose hydrocarbon chains are more ordered than those of the surrounding bulk-phase lipids. Whether these domains are fluctuations, metastable, or thermodynamically stable, is still unclear. Here, we show theoretically how a lipid with one saturated(More)
There is no doubt: Liquids containing polymers, surfactants, or colloid particles are of great interest for physicists, chemists, engineers and other scientists. The properties of such liquids are connected to structures in the mesoscopic regime and, in principle, they dominate the physical environment within living cells. For a long time, the subjects of(More)
We perform Monte Carlo simulations of tau proteins bound to a cylinder that mimics a microtubule (MT), and then study them in solution. Tau protein binds to a highly anionic MT surface to stabilize the cylindrical structure of MT. The negatively charged tail domain floats away from the anionic MT surface while positively charged tau segments localize near(More)
Multivalent counterions can induce an effective attraction between like-charged rodlike polyelectrolytes, leading to the formation of polyelectrolyte bundles. In this paper, we calculate the equilibrium bundle size using a simple model in which the attraction between polyelectrolytes (assumed to be pairwise additive) is treated phenomenologically. If the(More)
The equilibrium and fluctuation methods for determining the surface tension, sigma, and bending modulus, kappa, of a bilayer membrane with a fixed projected area are discussed. In the fluctuation method the elastic coefficients sigma and kappa are measured from the amplitude of thermal fluctuations of the planar membrane, while in the equilibrium method the(More)
A numerical algorithm based on the image charge method is introduced to calculate the electrostatic potential, energy, and forces present in systems involving multiple point charges embedded in an inhomogeneous dielectric environment composed of five parallel dielectric slabs. The methodology is implemented within Monte Carlo simulations to calculate the(More)
The counterion density profile and pressure between two inhomogenously charged parallel plates are analyzed analytically and numerically in the strong-coupling regime. Point charges are used and the surface charges are immobile. It is found that when the surface charge distribution is inhomogeneous, the charge coupling effect becomes stronger, the(More)
We study the elastic properties of a two-dimensional fluctuating surface whose area density is allowed to deviate from its optimal (Schulman) value. The behavior of such a surface is determined by an interplay between the area-dependent elastic energy, the curvature elasticity, and the entropy. We identify three different elastic regimes depending on the(More)