J Membrane Biol (2016) 249:5 DOI 10.1007/s00232-016-9899-9 1 2 3 • • • Sandro Keller Ana-Nicoleta Bondar Jana Broecker 4 5 Alexey S. Ladokhin Eva-Kathrin Sinner Published online: 20 April 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016 Section: Biophysics membranes as capacitors, semipermeable barriers, or bilayer couples and, at the other extreme, atomistic simu- Great news for all membrane biophysicists: the Journal of lations relying on molecular dynamics and quantum Membrane Biology (JMBi) now features a new section mechanics. devoted to Biophysics! Biological membranes display a It is in this spirit that we encourage prospective authors bewildering degree of complexity, diversity, and hetero- to contribute papers that address pressing questions in the geneity at all levels, thus providing an exceedingly fasci- biomembrane ﬁeld with the aid of concepts rooted in nating and challenging research subject for different, physics and physical chemistry. Hence, the scope of the overlapping scientiﬁc disciplines. Singling out a particular Biophysics section shall go beyond the mere application of membrane component or property suspected to be involved so-called biophysical techniques to membranes, although in a biological process is often difﬁcult or even impossible. such submissions are certainly welcome if they provide Simplifying approaches and assumptions thus become novel, quantitative insights into the physical principles unavoidable if one is to understand the structures, underlying the properties of and the processes taking place dynamics, and functions of biological membranes in at and within membrane systems. This is meant to include greater detail and in a quantitative manner. Such simpliﬁ- not only genuine biological membranes but also the various cations come in different ﬂavors, ranging from model artiﬁcial membrane mimetics that are often used in the membrane systems of reduced complexity to concepts that laboratory or individual membrane constituents such as help disentangle interrelated phenomena into manageable lipids and proteins. pieces. Both of these examples fall into the realm of bio- We are excited to hear about your opinion on the reor- physics, and numerous other concepts originating from ganized structure of JMBi and look forward to receiving seemingly remote branches of physics have proven their your high-quality contributions to the new Biophysics great value in the study of biological membranes. Promi- section. nent examples include phenomenological treatments of & Sandro Keller email@example.com University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany Freie Universita¨t Berlin, Berlin, Germany University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
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Published: Apr 20, 2016
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