Effect of temperature on the interactions between dipolar membranes

Pablo Szekely, Roi Asor, Tom Dvir, Or Szekely, Uri Raviv*

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It is well-known that phospholipids in aqueous environment self-assemble into lamellar structures with a repeat distance governed by the interactions between them. Yet, the understanding of these interactions is incomplete. In this paper, we study the effect of temperature on the interlamellar interactions between dipolar membranes. Using solution small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), we measured the repeat distance between 1,2-dilauroyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine (DLPC) bilayers at different temperatures and osmotic stresses. We found that when no pressure is applied the lamellar repeat distance, D, decreases and then increases with increasing temperature. As the osmotic stress increases, D decreases with temperature and then increases to a limited extent, until at sufficiently high pressure D decreases with temperature in all the examined range. We then reconstructed experimentally the equation of state and fit it with a modified interaction model that takes into account the temperature dependence of the fluctuation term. Finally, we showed how the thickness of DLPC membranes decreases with temperature.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3519-3524
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number11
StatePublished - 22 Mar 2012


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