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Title: Changes in molecular composition and packing during lipid membrane reconstitution from phospholipid-surfactant micelles
Authors: Lee, C
Wacklin, HP
Bain, CD
Keywords: Raman spectroscopy
Issue Date: 7-Feb-2009
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: Lee, C., Wacklin, H., & Bain, C. D. (2009). Changes in molecular composition and packing during lipid membrane reconstitution from phospholipid-surfactant micelles. Soft Matter, 5(3), 568-575. doi:10.1039/b812768a
Abstract: Total internal reflection (TIR) Raman spectroscopy was used to investigate changes in the properties of phospholipid bilayers at the quartz-water interface during the process of membrane reconstitution from lipid-detergent micelles. The non-ionic detergent beta-D-dodecyl maltoside (beta-DDM) was used in 9 : 1 ratio to deuterated and non-deuterated dipalmitoylphosphatidyl choline (DPPC and d(75)-DPPC) to form detergent-lipid micelles. Exposure of the quartz surface to decreasing concentrations of such detergent-lipid solutions resulted in the formation of a d(75)-DPPC bilayer indistinguishable from that of a bilayer formed by fusion of small unilamellar vesicles of the pure lipid, indicating that the use of detergent micelles does not alter the packing or conformation of lipids, or leave a residue of surfactant in the bilayer. Polarised measurements of d(75)DPPC spectra in the C-H and C-D regions at each step of the process showed that the lipid surface density increases as the detergent is removed by rinsing and replaced by more lipid. The absence of shifts in the frequencies demonstrates that DPPC is in a gel-like conformation even at high relative surfactant fractions. The TIR geometry also allowed us to record high resolution spectra in the low frequency C-D bending region of d(75)-DPPC, which showed that the lipid molecules have an upright orientation with respect to the support surface. © 2009, Royal Society of Chemistry
Gov't Doc #: 1322
ISSN: 1744-683X
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