Anomalous swelling in phospholipid bilayers is not coupled to the formation of a ripple phase Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Aligned stacks of monomethyl and dimethyl dimyristoyl phosphatidylethanolamine (DMPE) lipid bilayers, like the much studied dimyristoyl PC (DMPC) bilayers, swell anomalously in a critical fashion as the temperature is decreased within the fluid phase towards the main transition temperature, T(M). Unlike DMPC bilayers, both monomethyl and dimethyl DMPE undergo transitions into a gel phase rather than a rippled phase below T(M). Although it is not fully understood why there is anomalous swelling, our present results should facilitate theory by showing that the formation of the phase below T(M) is not related to critical phenomena above T(M).

publication date

  • March 2001