Hybrid bilayer membranes in air and water: infrared spectroscopy and neutron reflectivity studies.

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TitleHybrid bilayer membranes in air and water: infrared spectroscopy and neutron reflectivity studies.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsMeuse, CW, Krueger, S, Majkrzak, CF, Dura, JA, Fu, J, Connor, JT, Plant, AL
JournalBiophys J
Date Published1998 Mar
KeywordsLipid Bilayers, Models, Molecular, Molecular Conformation, Neutrons, Scattering, Radiation, Spectrophotometry, Infrared, Surface Properties

In this report we describe the fabrication and characterization of a phospholipid/alkanethiol hybrid bilayer membrane in air. The bilayer is formed by the interaction of phospholipid with the hydrophobic surface of a self-assembled alkanethiol monolayer on gold. We have characterized the resulting hybrid bilayer membrane in air using atomic force microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, and reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy. These analyses indicate that the phospholipid added is one monolayer thick, is continuous, and exhibits molecular order which is similar to that observed for phospholipid/phospholipid model membranes. The hybrid bilayer prepared in air has also been re-introduced to water and characterized using neutron reflectivity and impedance spectroscopy. Impedance data indicate that when moved from air to water, hybrid bilayers exhibit a dielectric constant and thickness that is essentially equivalent to hybrid bilayers prepared in situ by adding phospholipid vesicles to alkanethiol monolayers in water. Neutron scattering from these samples was collected out to a wave vector transfer of 0.25 A(-1), and provided a sensitivity to changes in total layer thickness on the order of 1-2 A. The data confirm that the acyl chain region of the phospholipid layer is consistent with that observed for phospholipid-phospholipid bilayers, but suggest greater hydration of the phospholipid headgroups of HBMs than has been reported in studies of lipid multilayers.

Alternate JournalBiophys. J.
PubMed ID9512035
PubMed Central IDPMC1299485