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Self-Diffusion in Cell Membranes in the Long Time Regime


Petrov,  Eugene P.
Schwille, Petra / Cellular and Molecular Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Loskutov, V. V., & Petrov, E. P. (2014). Self-Diffusion in Cell Membranes in the Long Time Regime. APPLIED MAGNETIC RESONANCE, 45(12), 1389-1403. doi:10.1007/s00723-014-0595-6.

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We consider the process of self-diffusion in the cellular structure in the presence of permeable barriers in long time regime. Based on the most general concepts of the translation mobility and geometry of a heterogeneous system, an expression for the self-diffusion coefficient of liquid molecules in such a medium in a long time regime was derived. We have shown that the value of the self-diffusion coefficient in the long-time limit is determined by the probability of interaction of the diffusant molecule with an obstacle. We obtained an expression for the probability of such interaction as a function of the surface-to-volume ratio (S/V). Comparing the obtained analytical expression with the results of computer simulation was performed. Shown the exponential dependence of the self-diffusion coefficient on the barrier pinning density.