What can we learn about amphiphile-membrane interaction from model lipid membranes?

María Laura Fanani*, Natalia E. Nocelli, Yenisleidy de las Mercedes Zulueta Díaz


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Surface-active amphiphiles find applications in a wide range of areas of industry such as agrochemicals, personal care, and pharmaceuticals. In many of these applications, interaction with cell membranes is a key factor for achieving their purpose. How do amphiphiles interact with lipid membranes? What are their bases for membrane specificity? Which biophysical properties of membranes are susceptible to modulation by amphiphilic membrane-effectors? What aspects of this interaction are important for performing their function? In our work on membrane biophysics over the years, questions like these have arisen and we now share some of our findings and discuss them in this review. This topic was approached focusing on the membrane properties and their alterations rather than on the amphiphile structure requirements for their interaction. Here, we do not aim to provide a comprehensive list of the modes of action of amphiphiles of biological interest but to help in understanding them.
TidsskriftBBA Biomembranes
Udgave nummer1
StatusUdgivet - 1. feb. 2022
Udgivet eksterntJa


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