Interaction of antibiotics with lipid vesicles on thin film porous silicon using reflectance interferometric fourier transform spectroscopy

Taryn Guinan, Cédric Godefroy, Nicole Lautrédou, Pierre-Emmanuel Milhiet, Nicolas Voelcker, Frederique Cunin

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The ability to observe interactions of drugs with cell membranes is an important area in pharmaceutical research. However, these processes are often difficult to understand due to the dynamic nature of cell membranes. Therefore, artificial systems composed of lipids have been used to study membrane properties and their interaction with drugs. Here, lipid vesicle adsorption, rupture, and formation of planar lipid bilayers induced by various antibiotics (surfactin, azithromycin, gramicidin, melittin and ciprofloxacin) and the detergent dodecyl-b-d-thiomaltoside (DOTM) was studied using reflective interferometric Fourier transform spectroscopy (RIFTS) on an oxidized porous silicon (pSi) surface as a transducer. The pSi transducer surfaces are prepared as thin films of 3 μm thickness with pore dimensions of a few nanometers in diameter by electrochemical etching of crystalline silicon followed by passivation with a thermal oxide layer. Furthermore, the sensitivity of RIFTS was investigated using three different concentrations of surfactin. Complementary techniques including atomic force microscopy, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching, and fluorescence microscopy were used to validate the RIFTS-based method and confirm adsorption and consequent rupture of vesicles to form a phospholipid bilayer upon the addition of antibiotics. The method provides a sensitive and real-time approach to monitor the antibiotic-induced transition of lipid vesicles to phospholipid bilayers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10279-10286
Number of pages8
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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