Evidence for interleaflet slip during spreading of single lipid bilayers at hydrophilic solids

Babak Sanii, Kathy Nguyen, Joachim O. Rädler, Atul N. Parikh

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Membrane dynamics: Slip - the relative mobility of the two leaflets in lipid bilayers-represents a generic mechanicaldynamical process. To establish the presence of interleaflet slip in the surface-spreading lipid membranes, the advancing lipid bilayers are exposed to an intense laser spot, which rapidly bleaches the illuminated fluorophores in a radially symmetric shape (see figure).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2787-2790
Number of pages4
Issue number16
StatePublished - Nov 9 2009



  • Fluorescence
  • Friction
  • Lipid bilayers
  • Membranes
  • Photobleaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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