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Author(s): Portet, T.; Mauroy, C.; Demery, V.; Houles, T.; Escoffre, J. M.; Dean, D. S.; Rols, M. P.

Destabilizing Giant Vesicles with Electric Fields: An Overview of Current Applications

Journal: Journal of Membrane Biology, 245 (2012), pp. 555-564
DOI: 10.1007/s00232-012-9467-x
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Abstract:  This review presents an overview of the effects of electric fields on giant unilamellar vesicles. The application of electrical fields leads to three basic phenomena: shape changes, membrane breakdown, and uptake of molecules. We describe how some of these observations can be used to measure a variety of physical properties of lipid membranes or to advance our understanding of the phenomena of electropermeabilization. We also present results on how electropermeabilization and other liposome responses to applied fields are affected by lipid composition and by the presence of molecules of therapeutic interest in the surrounding solution.



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