The Effect of Charge on Melittin-Induced Changes in Membrane Structure and Morphology

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The binding of melittin to a range of phospholipid bilayers was studied using dual polarisation interferometry and atomic force microscopy. The phospholipid model membranes included zwitterionic dimyristylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC), together with mixtures of DMPC/dimyristylphosphatidylglycerol (DMPG) and DMPC/DMPG/cholesterol. Melittin caused significant disruption on all bilayers, but differences in morphological changes during binding were different on each membrane. Overall, the results demonstrate that the process of membrane disruption follows distinct structural changes for different lipid mixtures irrespective of the strength of binding to the membrane surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-201
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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