- Published on 05 July 2023
Guest Editor: Tripta Bhatia
Cells are confined and compartmentalized by membranes that are typically composed of hundreds of different types of lipids. Although the concept of synthetic membrane processes was introduced several years ago, recent studies have revealed new developments and exciting results with studies of biomimetic models that are used as reference systems for the cell. Structural complexity has been shown to build up in model membrane systems based on fundamental physical principles that could potentially validate the relationship between membrane phase, pattern formation, protein activity, and phase transition. Understanding the coupling between physical properties and functions opens rational methods for manipulating cellular function and dysfunction. Studies in synthetic and cell biology have generated insight into the nature of cell assembly from molecular building blocks. Hence, this issue of EPJ ST in the area of biomimetic and cellular membranes is devoted to the current state of the art in the field and an outlook on the soft matter of life to point out the directions for further studies.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Model membrane compartments
- Membrane theory and simulations
- Synthetic and cellular membrane processes
- Soft matter of life
The Guest Editor would like to cordially invite further authors to submit their original research papers for this special issue along the lines described above. Articles may be one of four types: (i) minireviews (10-15 pages), (ii) tutorial reviews (15+ pages), (iii) original paper v1 (5-10 pages), or (iv) original paper v2 (3-5 pages). More detailed descriptions of each paper type can be found in the Submission Guidelines. Manuscripts should be prepared using the latex template (preferably single column layout), which can be downloaded here.
Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system, and should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue “Biomimetic and Cellular Membranes”.
Open Access: EPJST is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme and a growing number of Open Access Agreements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally).