Lipid lateral diffusion measurements in model membranes.

T. Páli, L. I. Horváth

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The rate of lipid lateral diffusion has been investigated by computer simulation of electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra of spin-labelled dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles. An optimization method has been developed to fit the experimental spectra to the theoretical ones calculated from the modified Bloch-equations in order to determine frequencies of probe-probe collisions and the lipid lateral diffusion coefficients. The main results of this study are: (i) Due to the sensitivity of our method to the extent of the overlapping of hyperfine spectral lines it is possible to determine the spin exchange contribution to linebroadening. (ii) It is obvious from these computer analyses that over a wide range of temperatures well above the phase transition both static dipolar interaction and dynamic spin exchange make significant contributions to the linebroadening. (iii) Lipid lateral diffusion coefficient in DMPC bilayers at 36 degrees C was (2.3 +/- 0.2) x 10(-11) m2 s-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-314
Number of pages4
JournalActa physiologica Hungarica
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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  • Physiology (medical)

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