ESR and NMR Studies of Biological Interfaces. Membranes

  • Marius Ptak
  • Alain Sanson
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (ASIC, volume 61)


Among many kinds of biological interfaces, the interest is focused here on membranes. Most of the ESR and NMR studies concern phospholipid systems. Elementary principles of ESR of nitroxide spin probes are first recalled. The fundamental feature is the anisotropic motion of these probes inserted in bilayers structures. Some principles of 1H, 2H, 13C and 31P NMR are then also recalled. For each nucleus, specific properties are summarized. Some applications are given which describe some basic physical properties of the lipid bilayer. This brief review should be considered as an introduction to a more elaborate approach of the theory of spin labels ESR, time averaging effects in ESR and NMR, NMR relaxation, etc.. and also to more relevant biological studies.


Spin Label Polar Head Bilayer Lipid Membrane Spin Probe Natural Membrane 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marius Ptak
    • 1
  • Alain Sanson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre de Biophysique MoléculaireC.N.R.S.France
  2. 2.Université d’OrléansOrléans CedexFrance

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