A study of chemoreception based on membrane fluidity and circular dichroism of a membrane assembly model--role of protein penetrating into the lipid bilayer.

Abstract

We attempted to reconstitute a chemical sensing assembly by mimicking the natural constituents of cell membranes. This liposomal arrangement is able to recognize chemical stimulants by detecting perturbation of the ordered lipid bilayer due to penetration by protein molecules. It was ascertained by measuring membrane fluidity using ESR that this assembly may be able to detect individually added chemical stimulants such as short-chain-bearing odorants (isovaleric acid, isovaleraldehyde, and isoamyl alcohol etc) at a concentration of 3 x 10(-4) parts to 1 part water. This recognition mechanism may clarify both the affinity of chemical stimulants for the liposomal arrangement and the trigger action of conformational changes in poly-L-lysine (PLL) due to the penetration of the bilayer of the PLL and sodium octylsulfate complex.

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@article{Ishigami1989ASO, title={A study of chemoreception based on membrane fluidity and circular dichroism of a membrane assembly model--role of protein penetrating into the lipid bilayer.}, author={Yasuhiro Ishigami and Yasuo Gama and Kaoru Someno and Masahiro Kaise and Yuko Ishizuka and Fumio Ishii}, journal={Biochemistry international}, year={1989}, volume={19 4}, pages={777-85} }