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Nano Lett. 2012 Sep 12;12(9):4687-92. doi: 10.1021/nl3020395. Epub 2012 Aug 1.

Detergent-free incorporation of a seven-transmembrane receptor protein into nanosized bilayer Lipodisq particles for functional and biophysical studies.

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Department of Biochemistry, Biomembrane Structure Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3QU, United Kingdom.


SMA-Lipodisq nanoparticles, with one bacteriorhodopsin (bR) per 12 nm particle on average (protein/lipid molar ratio, 1:172), were prepared without the use of detergents. Using pulsed and continuous wave nitroxide spin label electron paramagnetic resonance, the structural and dynamic integrity of bR was retained when compared with data for bR obtained in the native membrane and in detergents and then with crystal data. This indicates the potential of Lipodisq nanoparticles as a useful membrane mimetic.

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