Imperial College London

Dr Nick Brooks

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Senior Lecturer
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 2677n.brooks Website

 
 
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Location

 

207JMolecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

Citation

BibTex format

@article{Barlow:2018:10.1098/rsif.2018.0610,
author = {Barlow, N and Kusumaatmaja, H and Salehi-Reyhani, A and Brooks, N and Barter, LMC and Flemming, AJ and Ces, O},
doi = {10.1098/rsif.2018.0610},
journal = {Journal of the Royal Society Interface},
title = {Measuring bilayer surface energy and curvature in asymmetric droplet interface bilayers},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2018.0610},
volume = {15},
year = {2018}
}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

TY  - JOUR
AB - For the past decade, droplet interface bilayers (DIBs) have had an increased prevalence in biomolecular and biophysical literature. However, much of the underlying physics of these platforms is poorly characterized. To further our understanding of these structures, lipid membrane tension on DIB membranes is measured by analysing the equilibrium shape of asymmetric DIBs. To this end, the morphology of DIBs is explored for the first time using confocal laser scanning fluorescence microscopy. The experimental results confirm that, in accordance with theory, the bilayer interface of a volume-asymmetric DIB is curved towards the smaller droplet and a lipid-asymmetric DIB is curved towards the droplet with the higher monolayer surface tension. Moreover, the DIB shape can be exploited to measure complex bilayer surface energies. In this study, the bilayer surface energy of DIBs composed of lipid mixtures of phosphatidylgylcerol (PG) and phosphatidylcholine are shown to increase linearly with PG concentrations up to 25%. The assumption that DIB bilayer area can be geometrically approximated as a spherical cap base is also tested, and it is discovered that the bilayer curvature is negligible for most practical symmetric or asymmetric DIB systems with respect to bilayer area.
AU - Barlow,N
AU - Kusumaatmaja,H
AU - Salehi-Reyhani,A
AU - Brooks,N
AU - Barter,LMC
AU - Flemming,AJ
AU - Ces,O
DO - 10.1098/rsif.2018.0610
PY - 2018///
SN - 1742-5662
TI - Measuring bilayer surface energy and curvature in asymmetric droplet interface bilayers
T2 - Journal of the Royal Society Interface
UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2018.0610
UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/65766
VL - 15
ER -