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Thin-layer infrared spectroscopic study on thermal behavior of non-phospholipid lipids and nanovesicles
Author(s): Rajan K. Bista; Reinhard F. Bruch; Aaron M. Covington
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Paper Abstract

°The investigation of thermal behaviors and subsequent changes in the conformational order of lipids and liposomes is of importance in understanding various phenomena such as the formation and fusion of vesicles, trans-membrane diffusion and membrane interactions with drugs and proteins. In this work, the thermal behavior of a suite of newly developed self-forming synthetic non-phospholipid (PEGylated) lipids and its nanovesicles in buffer suspensions were investigated by variable-temperature thin-layered Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) transmission spectroscopy. The temperature-induced infrared spectra of such lipids composed of 1,2-dimyristoyl-rac-glycerol-3-dodecaethylene glycol (GDM-12) and 1,2-distearoyl-rac-glycerol-3-triicosaethylene glycol (GDS-23) were acquired by using FTIR spectrometer in conjunction with a custom built temperature-controlled demountable liquid cell. In contrast to conventional phospholipids, these novel lipids form liposomes spontaneously upon hydration, without the supply of external activation energy. It was found that the thermal stability of the PEGylated lipids defer greatly depending upon the acyl chain-lengths as well as number of associated head group units. Particularly, GDM-12 (saturated 14 hydrocarbon chains) shows one sharp order-disorder transition with temperature increasing from 3 to 5 °C. Similarly, GDS-23 (saturated 18 hydrocarbon chains) exhibits comparatively broad order-disorder transition profiles between temperature 17 and 22 °C. However, the phase transition temperature becomes significantly higher for lipid nanovesicles formed in aqueous suspensions. The results obtained in this study may find applications in various areas including the development of lipid based substance and drug delivery systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7188, Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications VI, 718808 (16 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.806659
Show Author Affiliations
Rajan K. Bista, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Reinhard F. Bruch, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Aaron M. Covington, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Nevada Terawatt Facility (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7188:
Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications VI
Alexander N. Cartwright; Dan V. Nicolau, Editor(s)

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