Continuous wave electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and two-pulse echo detected spectra of chain-labeled lipids are used to study the dynamics of frozen lipid membranes over the temperature range 77-260 K. Bilayers of ester-linked dihexadecanoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) with noninterdigitated chains and ether-linked dihexadecyl phosphatidylcholine (DHPC) with interdigitated chains are considered. Rapid stochastic librations of small angular amplitude are found in both lipid matrices. In noninterdigitated DPPC bilayers, the mean-square angular amplitude, [Formula: see text], of the motion increases with temperature and it is larger close to the chain termini than close to the polar/apolar interface. In contrast, in interdigitated DHPC lamellae, [Formula: see text] is small and temperature and label-position independent at low temperature and increases steeply at high temperature. The rotational correlation time, τc, of librations lies in the subnanosecond range for DPPC and in the nanosecond range for DHPC. In all membrane samples, the temperature dependence of [Formula: see text] resembles that of the mean-square atomic displacement revealed by neutron scattering and a dynamical transition is detected in the range 210-240 K. The results highlight the librational oscillations and the glass-like behavior in bilayer and interdigitated lipid membranes.

Low-Temperature Dynamics of Chain-Labeled Lipids in Ester- and Ether-Linked Phosphatidylcholine Membranes

Guzzi, Rita;Bartucci, Rosa
2017-01-01

Abstract

Continuous wave electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and two-pulse echo detected spectra of chain-labeled lipids are used to study the dynamics of frozen lipid membranes over the temperature range 77-260 K. Bilayers of ester-linked dihexadecanoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) with noninterdigitated chains and ether-linked dihexadecyl phosphatidylcholine (DHPC) with interdigitated chains are considered. Rapid stochastic librations of small angular amplitude are found in both lipid matrices. In noninterdigitated DPPC bilayers, the mean-square angular amplitude, [Formula: see text], of the motion increases with temperature and it is larger close to the chain termini than close to the polar/apolar interface. In contrast, in interdigitated DHPC lamellae, [Formula: see text] is small and temperature and label-position independent at low temperature and increases steeply at high temperature. The rotational correlation time, τc, of librations lies in the subnanosecond range for DPPC and in the nanosecond range for DHPC. In all membrane samples, the temperature dependence of [Formula: see text] resembles that of the mean-square atomic displacement revealed by neutron scattering and a dynamical transition is detected in the range 210-240 K. The results highlight the librational oscillations and the glass-like behavior in bilayer and interdigitated lipid membranes.
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