Multiple stalk formation as a pathway of defect-induced membrane fusion

D. B. Lukatsky, D. Frenkel

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We propose that the first stage of membrane fusion need not be the formation of a single stalk. Instead, we consider a scenario for defect-induced membrane fusion that proceeds cooperatively via multiple stalk formation. The defects (stalks or pores) attract each other via membrane-mediated capillary interactions that result in a condensation transition of the defects. The resulting dense phase of stalks corresponds to the so-called fusion intermediate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-6
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Physical Journal E
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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