Mechanism and kinetics of merocyanine 540 binding to phospholipid membranes.

The physicochemical mechanism for merocyanine 540 (M540) binding to unilamellar phosphatidylcholine (PC) vesicles was examined by steady-state and dynamic fluorescence and fluorescence stopped-flow methods. At 530-nm excitation, aqueous M540 has an emission peak at 565 nm, which red shifts to 580 nm with formation of membrane-bound monomers (M); bound… CONTINUE READING