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Coiling instabilities of multilamellar tubes.
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PMID:  12513286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Myelin figures are densely packed stacks of coaxial cylindrical bilayers that are unstable to the formation of coils or double helices. These myelin figures appear to have no intrinsic chirality. We show that such cylindrical membrane stacks can develop an instability when they acquire a spontaneous curvature or when the equilibrium distance between membranes is decreased. This instability breaks the chiral symmetry of the stack and may result in coiling. A unilamellar cylindrical vesicle, on the other hand, will develop an axisymmetric instability, possibly related to the pearling instability.
C D Santangelo; P Pincus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2002-12-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics     Volume:  66     ISSN:  1539-3755     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-06     Completed Date:  2003-05-07     Revised Date:  2003-11-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136452     Medline TA:  Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  061501     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA.
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