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The Influence of Metal Ions on the Dynamics of Supported Phospholipid Langmuir Films

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posted on 2017-03-07, 00:00 authored by Stephen M. Baumler, Gary J. Blanchard
The translational diffusion dynamics of the zwitterionic lipid 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) at a planar phosphorylated support surface containing metal ions (Mg2+, Ca2+, Ba2+, Ni2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Zr4+) was investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). Fluorescence recovery curves yielded diffusion constants on the order of 2–5 μm2/s for the chromophore-tagged 12:0 NBD-Lyso-PC. Ionic interactions between the zwitterionic headgroup and metal ions were found to play a secondary role in mediating lipid fluidity. This work provides quantitative insight into the extent to which the fluidity of a supported lipid film is mediated by the ionic interactions between headgroup and surface versus that of the lipid–lipid tailgroup interactions.