spin lattice relaxation time
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract We have recorded high resolution proton magnetic resonance spectra of sonicated phospholipid vesicles. The following lipids were used in separate experiments: phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylethanolamine, and phosphatidylcholine from egg yolk as well as dimyristoyl phosphatidylcholine. Mixed lipid vesicles were also investigated. Assignments of the peaks associated with the various protons of the different lipids are presented. It is shown that in favorable cases, it is possible to resolve the different phospholipid head groups of mixed lipid samples. Spin lattice relaxation times (T1) of each peak were collected at 500 MHz and 90 MHz. The influence of the addition of a small concentration of spin labeled phospholipid on i) the linewidths ii) the spin lattice relaxation times, was determined. It is shown that nitroxide radicals selectively broaden the peaks associated with the protons localized at a comparable depth of the bilayer. On the other hand, T1 are less selectively perturbed. Potential applicability of 1H-NMR for the investigation of lipid-proton specificity in membranes is discussed.
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