Author(s): Gurtovenko AA, Vattulainen I
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Abstract We have employed atomic-scale molecular dynamics simulations to address ion transport through transient water pores in phospholipid membranes. The formation of a water pore is induced by a transmembrane ionic charge imbalance, which gives rise to a significant potential difference across the membrane. The subsequent transport of ions through the pore discharges the transmembrane potential and makes the water pore metastable, leading eventually to its sealing. The findings highlight the importance of ionic charge fluctuations in spontaneous pore formation and their role in ion leakage through protein-free lipid membranes.
This article was published in J Am Chem Soc
and referenced in Current Synthetic and Systems Biology