Domain-formation in DOPC/SM bilayers studied by pfg-NMR: effect of sterol structure.


Pulsed field gradient (pfg)-NMR spectroscopy was utilized to determine lipid lateral diffusion coefficients in oriented bilayers composed of 25 mol % sterol and equimolar amounts of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin. The occurrence of two lipid diffusion coefficients in a bilayer was used as evidence of lateral phase separation into liquid… (More)