Anisotropic spontaneous curvatures in lipid membranes.

  title={Anisotropic spontaneous curvatures in lipid membranes.},
  author={Nikhil Walani and Jennifer Torres and Ashutosh Agrawal},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={89 6},
Symmetry restrictions due to fluidity require the strain energy in the Helfrich theory of lipid membranes to be locally isotropic in nature. Although this framework is suitable for modeling the interaction of membranes with proteins that generate spherical curvature such as clathrin, there are other important membrane-bending proteins such as BIN-amphiphysin-Rvs proteins that form a cylindrical coat with different curvatures in the longitudinal and the circumferential directions. In this work… CONTINUE READING