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Physicochemical Profiling of Surfactant-Induced Membrane Dynamics in a Cell-Sized Liposome

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School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1−1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292, Japan
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba Institute of Science, 15-8 Shiomi-cho, Choshi, Chiba 288-0025, Japan
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Cite this: J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 3, 430–435
Publication Date (Web):January 17, 2012
Copyright © 2012 American Chemical Society

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    We used a cell-sized model system, giant liposomes, to investigate the interaction between lipid membranes and surfactants, and the membrane transformation during the solubilization process was captured in real time. We found that there are four distinct dynamics in surfactant-induced membrane deformation: an episodic increase in the membrane area prior to pore-forming associated shrinkage (Dynamics A), fission into many small liposomes (Dynamics B), the formation of multilamellar vesicles and peeling (Dynamics C), and bursting (Dynamics D). Classification of the diversity of membrane dynamics may contribute to a better understanding of the physicochemical mechanism of membrane solubilization induced by various surfactants.

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