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Mar 20 – 23, 2023
Campus Garching
Europe/Berlin timezone

Disclosing the unknown deep inside biomembranes

Mar 23, 2023, 9:45 AM
MW 2 001 - Lecture hall (Fakultät für Maschinenwesen)

MW 2 001 - Lecture hall

Fakultät für Maschinenwesen

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Plenary (only invited by ECNS team!) Soft Condensed Matter Plenary


Valeria Rondelli (Università degli Studi di Milano)


Cell membranes are complex objects made by several different molecular species. One of their most significant complexities is compositional asymmetry, key factor claimed to be associated to functional and structural roles. Nonetheless, membranes asymmetry is often hard to be reproduced in mimics. Experimental models, bearing forced membrane leaflets asymmetry in the form of dispersed aggregates in solution or of single supported bilayers, have been developed to be suitably investigated by complementary techniques such as scattering and reflectometry of neutrons and X-rays and calorimetry, to link their thermotropic behavior to their structuring on both the colloidal and the local scale in different environments. The possibility to create and study customized systems mimicking different cell membrane portions is indeed the way to the detailed structural investigation of a variety of specific molecule-membrane interactions, being also potentially predictive of the fate of extracellular bodies, macromolecules and nanodrugs intended to cross the extracellular medium and eventually enter cells.

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Valeria Rondelli (Università degli Studi di Milano)

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