Interactions of surfactants with lipid membranes.

  title={Interactions of surfactants with lipid membranes.},
  author={Heiko Heerklotz},
  journal={Quarterly reviews of biophysics},
  volume={41 3-4},
Surfactants are surface-active, amphiphilic compounds that are water-soluble in the micro- to millimolar range, and self-assemble to form micelles or other aggregates above a critical concentration. This definition comprises synthetic detergents as well as amphiphilic peptides and lipopeptides, bile salts and many other compounds. This paper reviews the biophysics of the interactions of surfactants with membranes of insoluble, naturally occurring lipids. It discusses structural, thermodynamic… CONTINUE READING