Lattice model for the kinetics of rupture of fluid bilayer membranes.

We have constructed a model for the kinetics of rupture of membranes under tension, applying physical principles relevant to lipid bilayers held together by hydrophobic interactions. The membrane is characterized by the bulk compressibility (for expansion) K, the thickness 2h(t) of the hydrophobic part of the bilayer, the hydrophobicity sigma, and a… CONTINUE READING