Ella Opatowski

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The phase behavior of mixtures of phospholipids and detergents in aqueous solutions is an issue of basic importance for understanding the solubilization and reconstitution of biological membranes. We review the existing knowledge on the compositionally induced reversible transformation of phospholipid bilayers into lipid-detergent mixed micelles. First, we(More)
We study the heat associated with the transformation of vesicles into micelles in mixtures of bilayer-forming phospholipids and micelle-forming surfactants. We subdivide the total heat evolution deltaQ(coex) within the range of coexistence of vesicles and micelles into three contributions related to the transition of dN(D)m-b molecules of surfactant and(More)
Stepwise dilution of lipid-surfactant mixed micelles first results in extraction of surfactant from the mixed micelles into the aqueous medium. Subsequently mixed micelles transform into vesicles, within a range of compositions that corresponds to equilibrium coexistence between these two types of aggregates. Further dilution results in extraction of(More)
Micelle formation by many surfactants is endothermic at low temperatures but exothermic at high temperatures. In this respect, dissociation of micelles (demicellization) is similar to dissolving hydrocarbons in water. However, a remarkable difference between the two processes is that dissolving hydrocarbons is isocaloric at about 25 degrees C, almost(More)
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