Coarse-grain model for lipid bilayer self-assembly and dynamics: Multiparticle collision description of the solvent

Mu Jie Huang, Raymond Kapral, Alexander S. Mikhailov, Hsuan Yi Chen

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Abstract

A mesoscopic coarse-grain model for computationally efficient simulations of biomembranes is presented. It combines molecular dynamics simulations for the lipids, modeled as elastic chains of beads, with multiparticle collision dynamics for the solvent. Self-assembly of a membrane from a uniform mixture of lipids is observed. Simulations at different temperatures demonstrate that it reproduces the gel and liquid phases of lipid bilayers. Investigations of lipid diffusion in different phases reveals a crossover from subdiffusion to normal diffusion at long times. Macroscopic membrane properties, such as stretching and bending elastic moduli, are determined directly from the mesoscopic simulations. Velocity correlation functions for membrane flows are determined and analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number055101
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume137
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Aug 2012

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