Dynamic structure and phase behavior of dimyristoylphosphatidylethanolamine bilayers studied by deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance.
Marsh D., Watts A., Smith IC.
The dynamic structure of dimyristoylphosphatidylethanolamine bilayers has been studied by deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the perdeuterated sn-2 chain. The order parameter profile of the lipid chains in the fluid phase is qualitatively similar to that found for other phospholipids, but the order parameter plateau is ca. 15% higher than found for dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine at a comparable reduced temperature. The chains of dimyristoylphosphatidylethanolamine undergo a segmental motion in the gel phase, which for segments close to the end of the chain approximates continuous axial diffusion. In the phase-transition region, spectra are observed that can be best described in terms of the interconversion of coexisting lipid phases through the transition.