The effect of hydration on the conformation and dynamics of the phosphatidylcholine headgroup has been investigated by 2H-NMR measurements of liquid crystalline dioleoylphosphatidylcholine in multilamellar liposomes. Deuterium quadrupole splittings (delta nu Q) and spin-lattice relaxation rates (1/T1) were recorded for three selectively labeled headgroup segments (alpha, beta, and gamma) over the range of water/lipid mole ratios from 4 to 100. The smooth changes in delta nu Q and 1/T1 are fou...Expand abstract
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Molecular response of the lipid headgroup to bilayer hydration monitored by 2H-NMR.
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