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The dynamics of the glycerol headgroup of dioleoylphosphatidylglycerol (DOPG) in hydrated bilayers were studied by 2H and 31P NMR spectroscopy, and the effects of binding a peripheral protein, cytochrome c, were evaluated. The fast headgroup segmental motions (tau c, 10(-10)-(-13) s) of DOPG in fully hydrated bilayers were not affected upon binding of cytochrome c, as evaluated by the spin-lattice (T1) relaxation of deuterons in the DOPG glycerol headgroup. In contrast, the spin-spin (T2e) relaxation is strongly affected, indicating that slow cooperative bilayer motions (tau c, 10(-3)-10(-6) s) are enhanced upon the interaction with cytochrome c, 2H and 31P NMR spectral lineshape analysis reveal details of the nature of these motions. The importance of these effects are discussed in terms of a possible mechanism for modulating membrane-associated processes.


Journal article


Solid State Nucl Magn Reson

Publication Date





55 - 64


Cytochrome c Group, Lipid Bilayers, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Phosphatidylglycerols