Mar 24, 2007

Peroxidation of liposomal lipids

European Biophysics Journal : EBJ
E SchnitzerD Lichtenberg


Free radicals, formed via different mechanisms, induce peroxidation of membrane lipids. This process is of great importance because it modifies the physical properties of the membranes, including its permeability to different solutes and the packing of lipids and proteins in the membranes, which in turn, influences the membranes' function. Accordingly, much research effort has been devoted to the understanding of the factors that govern peroxidation, including the composition and properties of the membranes and the inducer of peroxidation. In view of the complexity of biological membranes, much work was devoted to the latter issues in simplified model systems, mostly lipid vesicles (liposomes). Although peroxidation in model membranes may be very different from peroxidation in biological membranes, the results obtained in model membranes may be used to advance our understanding of issues that cannot be studied in biological membranes. Nonetheless, in spite of the relative simplicity of peroxidation of liposomal lipids, these reactions are still quite complex because they depend in a complex fashion on both the inducer of peroxidation and the composition and physical properties of the liposomes. This complexity is the most likel...Continue Reading

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Biological Membrane
Tissue Membrane
Hydrogen Peroxide
Free Radicals
Lipid Peroxidation

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