A mechanical model reveals that non-axisymmetric buckling lowers the energy barrier associated with membrane neck constriction

  title={A mechanical model reveals that non-axisymmetric buckling lowers the energy barrier associated with membrane neck constriction},
  author={Ritvik Vasan and Shiva Rudraraju and Matthew Akamatsu and Krishna C. Garikipati and Padmini Rangamani},
Membrane neck formation is essential for scission, which, as recent experiments on tubules have demonstrated, can be location dependent. The diversity of biological machinery that can constrict a neck such as dynamin, actin, ESCRTs and BAR proteins, and the range of forces and deflection over which they operate, suggest that the constriction process is functionally mechanical and robust to changes in biological environment. In this study, we used a mechanical model of the lipid bilayer to… 

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