The effect of surface curvature on the head-group structure and phase transition properties of phospholipid bilayer vesicles.

Abstract

Proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectra at 360 MHz of small sonicated distearoyl phosphatidylcholine vesicles show easily distinguishable resonances due to choline N-methyl head-group protons located in the inner and outer bilayer halves. A study of the chemical shift of these resonances as a function of temperature reveals that the splitting between them increases below the phase transition. This occurs as a result of an upfield shift of the inner layer resonance at the phase transition. Consideration of the possible causes of this effect results in the conclusion that, at the phase transition, there is a change in the organization of the inner layer head-groups which does not occur for the outer layer head-groups.

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@article{Eigenberg1980TheEO, title={The effect of surface curvature on the head-group structure and phase transition properties of phospholipid bilayer vesicles.}, author={K E Eigenberg and Sunney I Chan}, journal={Biochimica et biophysica acta}, year={1980}, volume={599 1}, pages={330-5} }