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Tear of Lipid Membranes by Nanoparticles

  title={Tear of Lipid Membranes by Nanoparticles},
  author={M{\'e}riem Er-Rafik and Khalid Ferji and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Combet and Olivier Sandre and S{\'e}bastien Lecommandoux and Marc Schmutz and Jean-François Le Meins and Carlos Manuel Marques},
  journal={arXiv: Soft Condensed Matter},
Health concerns associated with the advent of nanotechnologies have risen sharply when it was found that particles of nanoscopic dimensions reach the cell lumina. Plasma and organelle lipid membranes, which are exposed to both the incoming and the engulfed nanoparticles, are the primary targets of possible disruptions. However, reported adhesion, invagination and embedment of nanoparticles (NPs) do not compromise the membrane integrity, precluding direct bilayer damage as a mechanism for… 

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