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Effects of Membrane Defects and Polymer Hydrophobicity on Networking Kinetics of Vesicles

The kinetics of clustering unilamellar vesicles induced by inverse Pluronics [poly(propylene oxide)m–poly(ethylene oxide)n–poly(propylene oxide)m, POm–EOn–POm] was investigated via experiments and molecular dynamic simulations. Two important factors for controlling the networking kinetics are the membrane defects, presumably located at the interfacial region between two lipid domains induced by acyl chain mismatch, and the polymer hydrophobicity. As expected, the clustering rate increases significantly with increasing bilayer defects on the membrane where the insertion of PPO is likely to take place because of the reduced energy barrier for the insertion of PO. The hydrophobic interaction between the PO blocks and membranes with the defects region dictates the “anchoring” kinetics, which is controlled by the association–dissociation of PO with the lipid membrane. As a result, the dependence of clustering rate on polymer concentration is strongly influenced by the hydrophobicity of the PO blocks. Neverthel...

Authors:   Yan Xia; Hyun-Sook Jang; Zhiqiang Shen; Geoffrey D. Bothun; Ying Li; Mu-Ping Nieh
Journal:   Langmuir
Year:   2017
DOI:   10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00373
Publication date:   30-May-2017
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  • hydrophobic interaction
  • ethylene oxide
  • dependence
  • controlling
  • concentration
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