Viral ion channel proteins in model membranes: A comparative study by X-ray reflectivity

Z. Khattari, E. Arbely, I. T. Arkin, T. Salditt*

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We have investigated the effect of the transmembrane domain of three viral ion channel proteins on the lipid bilayer structure by X-ray reflectivity and scattering from oriented planar bilayers. The proteins show a similar effect on the lipid bilayer structural parameters: an increase in the lipid bilayer hydrophobic core, a decrease in the amplitude of the vertical density profile and a systematic change in the ordering of the acyl chains as a function of protein-to-lipid ratio. These results are discussed in a comparative view.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Biophysics Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgment Financial support by the DFG through the German–Israel–Palestine trilateral project SA 7772/6-1 is gratefully acknowledged.


  • Acyl chain correlation
  • Lipid bilayer
  • Viral ion channel proteins
  • X-ray reflectivity


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