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Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study of a Phosphatidylcholine–Phosphatidylethanolamine Mixture

by William T Heller
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ACS Omega
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33755 to 33762

The properties of single-component phospholipid lipid bilayers have been extensively characterized. Natural cell membranes are not so simple, consisting of a diverse mixture of lipids and proteins. While having detailed structural information on complex membranes would be useful for understanding their structure and function, experimentally characterizing such membranes at a level of detail applied to model phospholipid bilayers is challenging. Here, small-angle neutron scattering with selective deuteration was used to characterize a binary lipid mixture composed of 1,2-dimyristoyl-3-sn-glycero-phosphatidylcholine and 1,2-dimyristoyl-3-sn-glycero-phosphatidylethanolamine. The data analysis provided the area per lipid in each leaflet as well as the asymmetry of the composition of the inner and outer leaflets of the bilayer. The results provide new insight into the structure of the lipid bilayer when this lipid mixture is used to prepare vesicles.