Biochimica et biophysica acta

Vesicle deposition and subsequent membrane-melittin interactions on different substrates: a QCM-D experiment.

PMID 23608122


Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) technique is one of the most effective methods to monitor the dynamic behaviors of a layer on a solid surface. Moreover, it has been reported recently that it is able to provide a fingerprint for the peptide-membrane interactions. In this work, QCM-D technique combined with computer simulations was employed to investigate the deposition and transformation of vesicles, as well as the subsequent membrane-melittin interactions on different substrates. A range of substrate surfaces, i.e. naked SiO2 without or with Au/polyelectrolyte coating, were produced. The nature of the substrate determined whether the adsorbed vesicles were present as a high-quality supported bilayer or an assembled vesicle matrix, which consequently influenced the membrane-melittin interactions. It was indicated by the related computer simulations that the lipid packing state of the membrane was a key factor to determine the mechanism of membrane-peptide interactions. Furthermore, this work might be a good example of the application of QCM-D for the exploration of membrane-active peptides.

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