The presence of reversed hexagonal phase, HII, favoring lipids in membranes has been proposed to be significant in various biological processes. Therefore an understanding of the HII phase and the transition from the lamellar to hexagonal phase is of importance. We have applied deuterium NMR spectroscopy to study the bilayer and reversed hexagonal phases of 1-perdeuteriopalmitoyl-2-linoleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine. The difference in packing between the HII and Lα phases leads to smaller segmental order parameters in the former case. Since the order profiles are sensitive to the geometry of the aggregates, they can be used to extract structural information about the phases. We present a new means of calculating the radius of curvature, R1, for the HII phase from 2H NMR data. This method gives a value of R1 = 18.1 Å, which is in agreement with current understanding of the structure of the HII phase and with x-ray diffraction data.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Dec 31 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology