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1. Articles scientifiques
 Conformational Space of the Translocation Domain of Botulinum Toxin: Atomistic Modeling and Mesoscopic
Description of the CoiledCoil Helix Bundle
Alexandre Delort, Grazia Cottone, Thérèse E. Malliavin, Martin Michael Müller 
Résumé
Int. J. Mol. Sci., 25: 2481, 2024.
 Flexoelectric fluid membrane vesicles in spherical confinement
Niloufar Abtahi, Lila Bouzar, Nadia SaidiAmroun, Martin Michael Müller 
The morphology of spherically confined flexoelectric fluid membrane vesicles in an ex
ternal uniform electric field is studied numerically. Due to the deformations induced by
the confinement, the membrane becomes polarized resulting in an interaction with the
external field. The equilibrium shapes of the vesicle without electric field can be clas
sified in a geometrical phase diagram as a function of scaled area and reduced volume
[1, 2]. When the area of the membrane is only slightly larger than the area of the con
fining sphere, a single axisymmetric invagination appears. A nonvanishing electric field
induces an additional elongation of the confined vesicle which is either perpendicular or
parallel depending on the sign of the electric field parameter. Higher values of the surface
area or the electric field parameter can reduce the symmetry of the system leading to
more complex folding. We present the resulting shapes and show that transition lines
are shifted in the presence of an electric field. The obtained folding patterns could be of
interest for biophysical and technological applications alike.
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EPL, 131(1): 18001, 2020. Cf. aussi arXiv:2006.04475.
 Isometric bending requires local constraints on free edges
Jemal Guven, Martin Michael Müller, Pablo VázquezMontejo 
While the shape equations describing the equilibrium of an unstretchable thin sheet that is free
to bend are known, the boundary conditions that supplement these equations on free edges have remained elusive.
Intuitively, unstretchability is captured by a constraint on the metric within the bulk. Naïvely one would then
guess that this constraint is enough to ensure that the deformations determining the boundary conditions on these
edges respect the isometry constraint. If matters were this simple, unfortunately, it would imply unbalanced torques
(as well as forces) along the edge unless manifestly unphysical constraints are met by the boundary geometry. In this
article, we identify the source of the problem: not only the local arclength but also the geodesic curvature need to
be constrained explicitly on all free edges. We derive the boundary conditions which follow. In contrast to conventional
wisdom, there is no need to introduce boundary layers. This framework is applied to isolated conical defects, both
with deficit as well, but more briefly, as surplus angles. Using these boundary conditions, we show that the lateral
tension within a circular cone of fixed radius is equal but opposite to the radial compression, and independent of
the deficit angle itself. We proceed to examine the effect of an oblique outer edge on this cone perturbatively
demonstrating that both the correction to the geometry as well as the stress distribution in the cone kicks in at
second order in the eccentricity of the edge.
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Math. Mech. Solids, 24: 4051, 2019. Cf. aussi arXiv:1904.05855.
 Helical Superstructure of Intermediate Filaments
Lila Bouzar, Martin Michael Müller, René Messina, Bernd Nöding, Sarah Köster, Hervé Mohrbach, Igor M. Kulić 
Intermediate filaments are the least explored among the large cytoskeletal elements.
We show here that they display conformational anomalies in narrow microfluidic channels.
Their unusual behavior can be understood as the consequence of a previously undetected, large scale
helically curved superstructure. Confinement in a channel orders the otherwise soft, strongly
fluctuating helical filaments and enhances their structural correlations, giving rise to experimentally
detectable, strongly oscillating tangent correlation functions. We propose an explanation for the detected
intrinsic curving phenomenon  an elastic shape instability that we call autocoiling. The mechanism
involves selfinduced filament buckling via a surface stress located at the outside of the
crosssection. The results agree with ultrastructural findings and rationalize for the commonly observed
looped intermediate filament shapes. Beyond curvature, explaining the molecular origin of the detected helical
torsion remains an interesting challenge.
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 122: 098101, 2019. Cf. aussi arXiv:1803.04691.
 Vesicle dynamics in confined steady and harmonically modulated Poiseuille flows
Zakaria Boujja, Chaouqi Misbah, Hamid EzZahraouy, Abdelilah Benyoussef, Thomas John, Christian Wagner, Martin Michael Müller 
We present a numerical study of the timedependent motion of a membrane vesicle in a
channel under an imposed flow. In a Poiseuille flow the shape of the vesicle depends on the flow strength,
the mechanical properties of the membrane, and the width of the channel. In a wide parameter region, the
emerging snaking shape shows an oscillatory motion like a swimmer flagella even though the flow is
stationary. We quantify this behavior by the amplitude and frequency of the oscillations of the vesicle's
center of mass. The influence of an amplitude modulation of the imposed flow on the dynamics and shape of
the snaking vesicle is also investigated. We find that this modulationwhen sufficiently smallinduces
a modulation in amplitude and frequency of the center of mass of the snaking vesicle. For large
modulation amplitudes transitions to static shapes are observed.
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Phys. Rev. E, 98: 043111, 2018. Cf. aussi arXiv:1810.04500.
 Confining a fluid membrane vesicle of toroidal topology in an adhesive hard sphere
Lila Bouzar, Ferhat Menas, Martin Michael Müller 
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IOP Conf. Series: MSE, 186: 012021, 2017.
 Squeezed helical elastica
Lila Bouzar, Martin Michael Müller, Pierre Gosselin, Igor M. Kulić, Hervé Mohrbach 
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Eur. Phys. J. E, 39: 114, 2016. Cf. aussi arXiv:1606.03611.
 How biofilaments twist membranes
Julien Fierling, Albert Johner, Igor M. Kulić, Hervé Mohrbach, Martin Michael Müller 
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Soft Matter, 12: 5747, 2016.
 Toroidal membrane vesicles in spherical confinement
Lila Bouzar, Ferhat Menas, Martin Michael Müller 
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Phys. Rev. E, 92: 032721, 2015. Cf. aussi arXiv:1509.00765.
 Nonlinear buckling and symmetry breaking of a soft elastic sheet sliding on a cylindrical substrate
Norbert Stoop, Martin Michael Müller 
We consider the axial compression of a thin sheet wrapped around a rigid cylindrical substrate. In contrast to the wrinklingtofold transitions exhibited in similar systems, we find that the sheet always buckles into a single symmetric fold, while periodic solutions are unstable. Upon further compression, the solution breaks symmetry and stabilizes into a recumbent fold. Using linear analysis and numerics, we theoretically predict the buckling force and energy as a function of the compressive displacement. We compare our theory to experiments employing cylindrical neoprene sheets and find remarkably good agreement.
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Int. J. NonLinear Mech., 75: 115, 2015. Cf. aussi arXiv:1503.05030.
 Crunching Biofilament Rings
Julien Fierling, Martin Michael Müller, Hervé Mohrbach, Albert Johner, Igor M. Kulić 
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Europhys. Lett., 107(6): 68002, 2014. Cf. aussi arXiv:1408.6787.
 Confotronic dynamics of tubular filaments
Osman Kahraman, Hervé Mohrbach, Martin Michael Müller, Igor M. Kulić 
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Soft Matter, 10(16): pp. 28362847, 2014. Cf. aussi arXiv:1312.3106.
 Whirling skirts and rotating cones
Jemal Guven, J. A. Hanna, Martin Michael Müller 
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New J. Phys., 15: 113055, 2013. Cf. aussi arXiv:1306.2619.
 Myotubularin and PtdIns3P remodel the sarcoplasmic reticulum in muscle in vivo
Leonela Amoasii, Karim Hnia, Gaëtan Chicanne, Andreas Brech, Belinda Simone Cowling, Martin Michael Müller, Yannick Schwab, Pascale Koebel, Arnaud Ferry, Bernard Payrastre, Jocelyn Laporte 
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J. Cell Sci., 126(8): 1806, 2013.
 Dipoles in thin sheets
Jemal Guven, J. A. Hanna, Osman Kahraman, Martin Michael Müller 
A flat elastic sheet may contain pointlike conical singularities that carry a metrical "charge" of Gaussian curvature. Adding such elementary defects to a sheet allows one to make many shapes, in a manner broadly
analogous to the familiar multipole construction in electrostatics. However, here the underlying field theory is nonlinear,
and superposition of intrinsic defects is nontrivial as it must respect the immersion of the resulting surface in three
dimensions. We consider a "chargeneutral" dipole composed of two conical singularities of opposite sign.
Unlike the relatively simple electrostatic case, here there are two distinct stable minima and an infinity of unstable equilibria.
We determine the shapes of the minima and evaluate their energies in the thinsheet regime where bending dominates
over stretching. Our predictions are in surprisingly good agreement with experiments on paper sheets.
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Eur. Phys. J. E, 36: 106, 2013. Cf. aussi arXiv:1212.3262.
 Fluid membrane vesicles in confinement
Osman Kahraman, Norbert Stoop, Martin Michael Müller 
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New J. Phys., 14: 095021, 2012.
 Petal shapes of sympetaleous flowers: the interplay between growth, geometry and elasticity
Martine Ben Amar, Martin Michael Müller, Miguel Trejo 
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New J. Phys., 14: 085014, 2012. Choisi pour les Highlights of 2012.
 Morphogenesis of membrane invaginations in spherical confinement
Osman Kahraman, Norbert Stoop, Martin Michael Müller 
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Europhys. Lett., 97(6): 68008, 2012. Cf. aussi arXiv:1201.2518.
 Conical instabilities on paper
Jemal Guven, Martin Michael Müller, Pablo VázquezMontejo 
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J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., 45(1): 015203, 2012. Cf. aussi arXiv:1107.5008.
 Interfacemediated interactions: Entropic forces of curved membranes
Pierre Gosselin, Hervé Mohrbach, Martin Michael Müller 
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Phys. Rev. E, 83(5): 051921, 2011. Cf. aussi arXiv:1011.1221.
 SelfContact and Instabilities in the Anisotropic Growth of Elastic Membranes
Norbert Stoop, Falk K. Wittel, Martine Ben Amar, Martin Michael Müller, Hans J. Herrmann 
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 105(6): 068101, 2010. Cf. aussi arXiv:1007.1871.
 Cell Model Approach to Membrane Mediated Protein Interactions
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno 
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Prog. Theor. Phys. Suppl., 184: pp. 351363, 2010.
 Hamiltonian formulation of surfaces with constant Gaussian curvature
Miguel Trejo, Martine Ben Amar, Martin Michael Müller 
Dirac's method for constrained Hamiltonian systems is used to describe surfaces of constant Gaussian curvature. A geometrical free energy, for which these surfaces are equilibrium states, is introduced and interpreted as an action. An equilibrium surface can then be generated by the evolution of a closed space curve.
Since the underlying action depends on second derivatives, the velocity of the curve and its conjugate momentum must be included in the set of phase space variables. Furthermore, the action is linear in the acceleration of the curve and possesses a local symmetryreparametrization invariancewhich implies primary constraints in the canonical formalism. These constraints are incorporated into the Hamiltonian through Lagrange multiplier functions, that are identified as the components of the acceleration of the curve. The formulation leads to four first order partial differential equations, one for each canonical variable.
With the appropriate choice of parametrization only one of these equations has to be solved to obtain the surface which is swept out by the evolving space curve. To illustrate the formalism, several evolutions of pseudospherical surfaces are discussed.
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J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., 42(42): 425204, 2009.
 Local Membrane Mechanics of PoreSpanning Bilayers
Ingo Mey, Milena Stephan, Eva K. Schmitt, Martin Michael Müller, Martine Ben Amar, Claudia Steinem, Andreas Janshoff 
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J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131(20): pp. 70317039, 2009.
 Elasticity Mapping of PoreSuspending Native Cell Membranes
Bärbel Lorenz, Ingo Mey, Siegfried Steltenkamp, Tamir Fine, Christina Rommel, Martin Michael Müller, Alexander Maiwald, Joachim Wegener, Claudia Steinem, Andreas Janshoff 
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Small, 5(7): pp. 832838, 2009.
 Conical Defects in Growing Sheets
Martin Michael Müller, Martine Ben Amar, Jemal Guven 
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 101(15): 156104, 2008. Cf. aussi arXiv:0807.1814.
 How paper folds: bending with local constraints
Jemal Guven, Martin Michael Müller 
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J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., 41(5): 055203, 2008. Cf. aussi arXiv:0712.0978.
 Contact lines for fluid surface adhesion
Markus Deserno, Martin Michael Müller, Jemal Guven 
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Phys. Rev. E, 76(1): 011605, 2007. Cf. aussi condmat/0703019. Choisi pour le Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Balancing torques in membranemediated interactions: Exact results and
numerical illustrations
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Jemal Guven 
Torques on interfaces can be described by a divergencefree tensor
which is fully encoded in the geometry. This tensor consists of two
terms, one originating in the couple of the stress, the other capturing
an intrinsic contribution due to curvature. In analogy to the description
of forces in terms of a stress tensor, the torque on a particle can be
expressed as a line integral along any contour surrounding the particle.
Interactions between particles mediated by a fluid membrane are studied
within this framework. In particular, torque balance places a strong
constraint on the shape of the membrane. Symmetric twoparticle
configurations admit simple analytical expressions which are valid
in the fully nonlinear regime; in particular, the problem may be
solved exactly in the case of two membranebound parallel cylinders.
This apparently simple system provides some flavor of the remarkably
subtle nonlinear behavior associated with membranemediated interactions.
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Phys. Rev. E, 76(1): 011921, 2007. Cf. aussi condmat/0702340. Choisi pour le Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Aggregation and vesiculation of membrane proteins by curvaturemediated
interactions
Benedict J. Reynwar, Gregoria Illya, Vagelis A. Harmandaris, Martin Michael Müller, Kurt Kremer, Markus Deserno 
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Nature 447(7143): pp. 461464, 2007.
 How to determine local elastic properties of lipid bilayer membranes
from atomicforcemicroscope measurements: A theoretical analysis
Davood Norouzi, Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno 
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Phys. Rev. E, 74(6): 061914, 2006. Cf. aussi condmat/0602662. Choisi pour le Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Mechanical Properties of PoreSpanning Lipid Bilayers Probed by Atomic Force Microscopy
Siegfried Steltenkamp, Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Christian Hennesthal, Claudia Steinem, Andreas Janshoff 
We measure the elastic response of a freestanding lipid membrane to a local indentation by using an atomic force microscope. Starting point is a planar
goldcoated alumina substrate with a chemisorbed 3mercaptopropionic acid
monolayer displaying circular pores of very well defined and tunable size, over
which bilayers composed of N,N, dimethyl N,N, dioctadecylammonium bromide or
1,2  dioleoyl  3  trimethylammonium  propane chloride were spread.
Centrally indenting these 'nanodrums' with an atomic force microscope tip yields
forceindentation curves, which we quantitatively analyze by solving the
corresponding shape equations of continuum curvature elasticity. Since the
measured response depends in a known way on the system geometry (pore size, tip
radius) and on material parameters (bending modulus, lateral tension), this opens
the possibility to monitor local elastic properties of lipid membranes in a
wellcontrolled setting.
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Biophys. J., 91(1): pp. 217226, 2006.
 Interface mediated interactions between particles  a geometrical approach
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Jemal Guven 
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Phys. Rev. E, 72(6): 061407, 2005. Cf. aussi condmat/0506019. Choisi pour le Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Geometry of surfacemediated interactions
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Jemal Guven 
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Europhys. Lett., 69(3): pp. 482488, 2005. Cf. aussi condmat/0409043.
2. Livres

New Trends in the Physics and Mechanics of Biological Systems
Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School, vol. 92 (Oxford University Press, 2011),
éd. par Martine Ben Amar, Alain Goriely, Martin Michael Müller et Leticia Cugliandolo.
Chapitre 9 :
The physics of the cell membrane
Martin Michael Müller et Martine Ben Amar.
3. Mémoires

Theoretical examinations of interface mediated interactions between colloidal particles,
mémoire (2004).

Theoretical studies of fluid membrane mechanics, thèse de doctorat (2007).

Symmetry breaking in bioelasticity, thèse d'habilitation à diriger des recherches (2015).
