Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula

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Dynamic properties of phosphatidylcholine-cholesterol membranes in the fluid phase and water accessibility to the membranes have been studied as a function of phospholipid alkyl chain length, saturation, mole fraction of cholesterol, and temperature by using spin and fluorescence labelling methods. The results are the following: (1) The effect of(More)
Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and phosphatidylglycerol (PG) are the main lipid components of the inner bacterial membrane. A computer model for such a membrane was built of palmitoyloleoyl PE (POPE) and palmitoyloleoyl PG (POPG) in the proportion 3:1, and sodium ions (Na+) to neutralize the net negative charge on each POPG (POPE-POPG bilayer). The bilayer(More)
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of fully hydrated bilayers in the liquid-crystalline state made of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-phosphatidylcholine (POPC) or 1-palmitoyl-2-elaidoyl-phosphatidylcholine (PEPC) were carried out to investigate the effect of the incorporation of a double bond in the phosphatidylcholine (PC) beta-chain (cis or trans) on the(More)
Using extensive atomistic simulations, we show that there is a single experimentally accessible parameter--the sterol tilt--that can be used to determine a sterol's capability to induce order, and thus to promote, e.g., formation of lipid rafts. The observations also facilitate designing new effective sterols.
Molecular dynamics simulation of the hydrated dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) bilayer membrane in the liquid-crystalline phase was carried out for 5 ns to study the interaction among DMPC headgroups in the membrane/water interface region. The phosphatidylcholine headgroup contains a positively charged choline group and negatively charged phosphate and(More)
We report parametrization of dipalmitoyl-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the framework of the Optimized Parameters for Liquid Simulations all-atom (OPLS-AA) force field. We chose DPPC as it is one of the most studied phospholipid species and thus has plenty of experimental data necessary for model validation, and it is also one of the highly important and(More)
This report addresses the following problems associated with the generation of computer models of phospholipid bilayer membranes using molecular dynamics simulations: arbitrary initial structures and short equilibration periods, an Ewald-induced strong coupling of phospholipids, uncertainty regarding which value should be used for surface tension to(More)
A 15-ns molecular dynamics simulation of the fully hydrated liquid-crystalline dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine-cholesterol (DMPC-Chol) bilayer containing approximately 22 mol% Chol was carried out. The generated trajectory was analysed to investigate the mechanism of the Chol condensing effect on DMPC hydrocarbon chains and the influence of Chol on the chain(More)
Stearoylsphingomyelin (SSM) bilayers containing 0, 22, and 50 mol % cholesterol (Chol) and a pentadecanoyl-stearoylphosphatidylcholine (15SPC) bilayer containing 22 mol % Chol were molecular dynamics simulated at two temperatures (37 degrees C and 60 degrees C). 15SPC is the best PC equivalent of SSM. The Chol effect on the SSM bilayer differs significantly(More)
Although sterols constitute one of the most important molecular species in cells, the reasons for their structure-function relationships in lipid membranes are not well understood. The main objective of this work is to elucidate the recently suggested possibility that the ordering and condensing effects of sterols on phospholipid membranes are related to(More)