A mechanism of formation of protein-free regions in the red cell membrane: the rupture of the membrane skeleton

M. M. Kozlov, L. V. Chernomordik, V. S. Markin

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Abstract

The process of rupture and redistribution of the red cell membrane skeleton is analyzed theoretically. Following the emergence of the rupture the spectrin-actin network is redistributed on the cytoplasmic surface of the membrane bilayer. Due to the interaction of the membrane skeleton and integral proteins the redistribution of the spectrin-actin network leads to the release of purely lipid regions of the membrane. The scale of the protein redistribution caused by the rupture of the membrane skeleton and the size of the lipid domains produced depend on the shape of the membrane and the value of the electrical interaction of the membrane proteins. The lipid domains occuring as a result of the rupture and relaxation of the spectrinactin network can spontaneously increase or decrease its area. The criteria determining the conditions which result in the system's evolutions leading to the domain growth have been obtained. The character of the evolution is determined by the shape of the membrane region in which the rupture occurs as well as the relation between the effective linear tension of the rupture boundary and the modulus of elasticity of the spectrin-actin network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-365
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Volume144
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 7 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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