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New molecular rods — Characterization of their interaction with membranes

New molecular rods — Characterization of their interaction with membranes,10.1016/j.bbamem.2011.08.008,Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-biomembranes,Jörg

New molecular rods — Characterization of their interaction with membranes  
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Molecular rods are synthetical molecules consisting of a hydrophobic backbone which are functionalized with varying terminal groups. Here, we report on the interaction of a recently described new class of molecular rods with lipid and biological membranes. In order to characterize this interaction, different fluorescently labeled rods were synthesized allowing for the application of fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy based approaches. Our data show that the rods are incorporated into membranes with a perpendicular orientation to the membrane surface and enrich preferentially in liquid-disordered lipid domains. These characteristics underline that rods can be applied as stable membrane-associated anchors for functionalizing membrane surfaces.
Journal: Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-biomembranes - BBA-BIOMEMBRANES , vol. 1808, no. 12, pp. 2781-2788, 2011
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