Effects of ursolic acid on the structural and morphological behaviours of dipalmitoyl lecithin vesicles

András Lorincz, Judith Mihály, Csaba Németh, András Wacha, Attila Bóta

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Abstract

Effects of ursolic acid on the structural and morphological characteristics of dipalmitoyl lecithin(DPPC)-water system was studied by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SWAXS), freeze-fracture method combined with transmission electron-microscopy (FF-TEM) and infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The surface of the uncorrelated lipid system is rippled or grained and a huge number of small, presumably unilamellar vesicles are present if the UA/DPPC molar ratio is 0.1 mol/mol or higher. Besides the destroyed layer packing of regular multilamellar vesicles, non-bilayer (e.g. cubic or hexagonal) local structures are evidenced by SAXS and FF-TEM methods. The ability of UA to induce non-bilayer structures in hydrated DPPC system originates from the actual geometry form of associated lipid and UA molecules as concluded from the FT-IR measurements and theoretical calculations. Beside numerous beneficial e.g. chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic effect of ursolic acid against cancer, their impact to modify the lipid bilayers can be utilized in liposomal formulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1092-1098
Number of pages7
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes
Volume1848
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Keywords

  • DPPC
  • Freeze-fractured transmission electron-microscopy (FF-TEM)
  • Non-bilayer lipid structure
  • Small- and wide-angle
  • Ursolic acid
  • X-ray scattering (SWAXS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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