This Hot Highlight describes recent developments in lipid vesicles encapsulating aqueous two-phase polymer solutions (ATPS). Aqueous phase separation in the closed environment of a lipid vesicles can be a model system for biological microcompartments within a cell. Studying ATPS-loaded vesicles may lead to a deeper understanding of membrane behavior and membrane processes in vivo.
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Lipid membranes in contact with aqueous phases of polymer solutions
Rumiana Dimova and Reinhard Lipowsky
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 2409-2415, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM25261A