Liposomes possess drastic capabilities for topological transformation

Kingo Takiguchi, Fumimasa Nomura, Takehiko Inaba, Shuichi Takeda, Akihiko Saitoh, Hirokazu Hotani

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Morphological and topological changes of biological membranes play essential roles in cellular activities. It has been thought that these transformations are made possible through interactions with proteins. However, direct observation of giant liposomes by optical dark-field microscopy reveals that the lipid bilayer itself possesses the ability to undergo topological transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-574
Number of pages4
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Bilayers
  • Liposomes
  • Membranes
  • Optical dark-field microscopy
  • Topology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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