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Structural Modifications Induced by External Agents on Multilamellar Liposomes

  • P. Mariani
  • F. Rustichelli
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Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 41)

Abstract

Phospholipids, a principal component of natural membranes together with proteins, are molecules with a polar head-group, charged or zwitterionic, and two hydrocarbon chains. When placed into an aqueous medium, they form a variety of lyotropic structures as a function of water content and temperature, which are disordered at atomic level and yet display a high degree of long range organization[1]. In particular, multilamellar liposomes, layer lattices of alternating and closed bimolecular lipid sheets intercalated by aqueous spaces, have a strong similarity with the lipid bilayers of biological membranes and can be regarded as models or prototypes of living cells[2]. Information about functions and properties of biomembranes can be obtained by studying such relatively simple structures.

Keywords

Benzyl Alcohol Acyl Chain Multilamellar Liposome DPPC Liposome Packing Periodicity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Mariani
    • 1
  • F. Rustichelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di Fisica Medica, Facoltà di Medicina e ChirurgiaUniversità di AnconaItaly

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