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Langmuir. 2013 May 7;29(18):5540-6. doi: 10.1021/la304962n. Epub 2013 Apr 24.

Effect of ionic strength on dynamics of supported phosphatidylcholine lipid bilayer revealed by FRAPP and Langmuir-Blodgett transfer ratios.

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CNRS, UMR7325, Marseille, France.

Abstract

To determine how lipid bilayer/support interactions are affected by ionic strength, we carried out lipid diffusion coefficient measurements by fluorescence recovery after patterned photobleaching (FRAPP) and transfer ratio measurements using a Langmuir balance on supported bilayers of phosphatidylcholine lipids. The main effect of increasing ionic strength is shown to be enhanced diffusion of the lipids due to a decrease in the electrostatic interaction between the bilayer and the support. We experimentally confirm that the two main parameters governing bilayer behavior are electrostatic interaction and bilayer/support distance. Both these parameters can therefore be used to vary the potential that acts on the bilayer. Additionally, our findings show that FRAPP is an extremely sensitive tool to study interaction effects: here, variations in diffusion coefficient as well as the presence or absence of leaflet decoupling.

PMID:
23581462
DOI:
10.1021/la304962n
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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