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ProtocellsBridging Nonliving and Living Matter$
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Steen Rasmussen, Mark A. Bedau, Liaohai Chen, David Deamer, David C. Krakauer, Norman H. Packard, and Peter F. Stadler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262182683

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262182683.001.0001

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Numerical Methods for Protocell Simulations

Numerical Methods for Protocell Simulations

(p.407) 19 Numerical Methods for Protocell Simulations

Yi Jiang

Bryan Travis

Chad Knutson

Jinsuo Zhang

Pawel Weronski

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This chapter provides an extensive review of the physics of lipid self-assembly in water and the emergence of lipid micelles, lipid bilayers, and lipid vesicles. It describes the trans-bilayer and lateral structure of lipid bilayers and discusses them in relation to protein and enzyme function. The chapter demonstrates the use of dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) to simulate lipid self-assembly and shows how this technique produces micelles, tubular filaments, bilayers, and closed vesicles.

Keywords:   lipid self-assembly, lipid micelles, lipid bilayers, lipid vesicles, protein, enzyme, dissipative particle dynamics, DPD, tubular filaments, closed vesicles

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