Coexistence of Probe Conformations in Lipid Phases—A Polarized Fluorescence Microspectroscopy Study

Iztok Urbančič, Ajasja Ljubetič, Zoran Arsov, Janez Štrancar
Biophysical journal, August 2013; doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.07.005 (read more here).

In brief

In this study, bleaching-corrected polarized fluorescence microspectroscopy with nanometer spectral peak position resolution was applied to characterize conformations of two alkyl chain-labeled 7-nitro-2-1,3-benzoxadiazol-4-yl phospholipids in three model membranes, representing the three main lipid phases. The combination of polarized and spectral detection revealed two main probe conformations with their preferential fluorophore dipole orientations roughly parallel and perpendicular to membrane normal. Their peak positions were separated by 2–6 nm because of different local polarities and depended on lipid environment.