Monounsaturated PE does not phase-separate from the lipid raft molecules sphingomyelin and cholesterol: role for polyunsaturation?

We investigated interactions of the lipid raft molecules sphingomyelin (SM) and cholesterol (CHOL) in monolayers and bilayers composed of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycerophosphatidylethanolamine (POPE) or 1-palmitoyl-2-docosahexaenoyl-sn-glycerophosphatidylethanolamine (PDPE) at 35 degrees C. Techniques employed were pressure-area (pi-A) isotherms generated… CONTINUE READING