Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Allen B. Reitz
Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center, Inc.
Doylestown, PA
USA

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Simulation Modeling of Supported Lipid Membranes – A Review

Author(s): Michael Hirtz, Naresh Kumar, Lifeng Chi.

Abstract:

Lipid membranes are of great importance for many biological systems and biotechnological applications. One method to gain a profound understanding of the dynamics in lipid membranes and their interaction with other system components is by modeling these systems by computer simulations. Many different approaches have been undertaken in this endeavor that have led to molecular level insights into the underlying mechanisms of several experimental observations and biological processes with an extremely high temporal resolution. As compared to the free-standing lipid bilayers, there are fewer simulation studies addressing the systems of supported lipid membranes. Nevertheless, these have significantly enhanced our understanding of the behavior of lipid layers employed in applications spanning from biosensors to drug delivery and for biological processes such as the breathing cycle of lung surfactants. In this review, we give an account of the state of the art of methods and applications of the simulations of supported lipid bilayers, interfacial membranes at the air/water interface and on solid surfaces.

Keywords: Simulation, molecular dynamics, supported lipid layer, supported lipid bilayer, phospholipids, lipid membranes, computer modeling.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 14
ISSUE: 5
Year: 2014
Page: [617 - 623]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1568026614666140118204332
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