Mesoscale Simulation of Vesiculation of Lipid Droplets
- Received Date: 2014-05-19
- Mesoscale simulation, Implicit solvent coarse-grained lipid model, Lipid droplet, Complex vesicle
Abstract: An implicit solvent coarse-grained (CG) lipid model using three beads to reflect the basically molecular structure of two-tailed lipid is developed. In this model, the nonbonded interaction employs a variant MIE potential and the bonded interaction utilizes a Harmonic potential form. The CG force field parameters are achieved by matching the structural and mechan-ical properties of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayers. The model successfully reproduces the formation of lipid bilayer from a random initial state and the spontaneous vesiculation of lipid bilayer from a disk-like structure. After that, the model is used to sys-tematically study the vesiculation processes of spherical and cylindrical lipid droplets. The results show that the present CG model can effectively simulate the formation and evolution of mesoscale complex vesicles.
|Citation:||Rui Xu, Zi-lu Wang, Xue-hao He. Mesoscale Simulation of Vesiculation of Lipid Droplets[J]. Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics , 2014, 27(6): 663-671. doi: 10.1063/1674-0068/27/06/663-671|