Apr 4, 2020

Melatonin alters fluid phase co-existence in POPC/DPPC/cholesterol membranes

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N. Mei, M. Robinson


The structure and biophysical properties of lipid biomembranes are important for normal function of plasma and organelle membranes, which is essential for proper functioning of living cells. In Alzheimer's disease (AD) the structure of neuronal membranes becomes compromised by the toxic effect of amyloid-{beta} (A{beta}) protein which accumulates at neuron synapses, resulting in membrane perforation and dysfunction, oxidative stress and cell death. Melatonin is an important pineal gland hormone that has been shown to be protective against A{beta} toxicity in cellular and animal studies, but the molecular mechanism of this protection is not well understood. It has been shown that melatonin can interact with model lipid membranes and alter the membrane biophysical properties, such as membrane molecular order and dynamics. This effect of melatonin has been previously studied in simple model bilayers with one or two lipid components, we consider a more complex ternary lipid mixture as our membrane model. In this study, we used 2H-NMR to investigate the effect of melatonin on lipid phase behaviour of a three-component model lipid membranes composed of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC), 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycer...Continue Reading

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