Role of hydrophobic forces in bilayer adhesion and fusion.

  title={Role of hydrophobic forces in bilayer adhesion and fusion.},
  author={Christiane A. Helm and Jacob N Israelachvili and P M McGuiggan},
  volume={31 6},
With the aim of gaining more insight into the forces and molecular mechanisms associated with bilayer adhesion and fusion, the surface forces apparatus (SFA) was used for measuring the forces and deformations of interacting supported lipid bilayers. Concerning adhesion, we find that the adhesion between two bilayers can be progressively increased by up to two orders of magnitude if they are stressed to expose more hydrophobic groups. Concerning fusion, we find that the most important force… CONTINUE READING

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