The 2D ordering of bacteriorhodopsins in a lipid bilayer was studied using a binary hard-disk model. The phase diagrams were calculated taking into account the lateral depletion effects. The critical concentrations of the protein ordering for monomers and trimers were obtained from the phase diagrams. The critical concentration ratio agreed well with the experiment when the repulsive core interaction between the depletants, namely, lipids, was taken into account. The results suggest that the depletion effect plays an important role in the association behaviors of transmembrane proteins.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry