The book surveys recent theoretical and experimental results on nanostructures in biological systems and explores possible applications. It takes a unifying approach starting from the single-particle energy, deriving free energy of the system and determining the equilibrium by minimizing the free energy, is applied in describing electrical and elastic phenomena. The authors present potential clinical uses of in hemostasis, inflammation, and spreading of cancer. They also cover interactions between biological membranes and inorganic nanostructures.
Introduction: Nanostructures and Nanoparticles in Biological Systems. Description of Systems Composed of Large Number of Constituents. Lipid Nanostructures. Physics of Lipid Micro- and Nanostructures. Nanotubes of Biological Membranes. Spherical Budding of Biological Membrane. Exogenous Membrane Attached Nanoparticles. Membrane Electrostatics. Membranous Nanostructures as in vivo Cell-to-Cell Transport Mechanisms. Lipid Vesicles and Cells as Tools in Nanotoxicity Studies.