Force barriers for membrane tube formation.

  title={Force barriers for membrane tube formation.},
  author={Gerbrand Koster and Angelo Cacciuto and Imre Der{\'e}nyi and Daan Frenkel and Marileen A. Dogterom},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={94 6},
We used optical tweezers to measure the force-extension curve for the formation of tubes from giant vesicles. We show that a significant force barrier exists for the formation of tubes, which increases linearly with the radius of the area on which the pulling force is exerted. The tubes form through a first-order transition with accompanying hysteresis. We confirm these results with Monte Carlo simulations and theoretical calculations. Whether membrane tubes can be formed in, for example… CONTINUE READING

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