The effect of molecular structure on ensemble structure of phospholipid films has been investigated. Bilayers of dimyristoyl phosphatidylethanolamine (DMPE) were prepared on Au(111) electrodes using Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaeffer deposition. Capacitance and charge density measurements were used to investigate the adsorption behavior and barrier properties of the lipid bilayers. In situ polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS) was employed to investigate the organization of the molecules within the bilayer. DMPE bilayers exhibit lower capacitance than bilayers formed from the related lipid, dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine (DMPC). The infrared data show that these results can be explained by structural differences between the bilayers formed from each molecule. DMPE organizes into bilayers with hydrocarbon chains tilted at a smaller angle to the surface normal, which results in a thicker film. The hydrocarbon chains contain few conformational defects. Spectra in the carbonyl and phosphate stretching mode regions indicate low solvent content of DMPE films. Both of these effects combine to produce films with lower capacitance and enhanced barrier properties. The results are explained in terms of the differences in structure between the constituent molecules.
|Early online date||18 Jan 2013|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Feb 2013|