Journal of Chemical Sciences

, Volume 119, Issue 2, pp 169–174 | Cite as

Effect of sodium deoxycholate and sodium cholate on DPPC vesicles: A fluorescence anisotropy study with diphenylhexatriene

  • Usharani Subuddhi
  • Ashok K MishraEmail author


Effects of two bile salts, namely sodium deoxycholate (NaDC) and sodium cholate (NaC), on DPPC small unilamellar vesicles have been investigated using the steady-state fluorescence anisotropy (r ss ) of diphenylhexatriene (DPH) as a tool. It was found that the variation of r ss is sensitive enough to monitor different stages of interaction of bile salts with DPPC vesicles. NaDC induced significant changes in the membrane well below its CMC (6 mM). Even at 4 mM, which is still lower than the CMC, the phospholipids were completely solubilised by the NaDC micelles. The effect of NaC on DPPC vesicles, however, was much less significant, especially in the sub-micellar concentration regime. Being more hydrophilic NaC does not interact with the membrane efficiently. Complete solubilisation of phospholipids took place only when the concentration of NaC was above its CMC (16 mM). The experiments also showed that the bile salt-induced changes of vesicle structure were strongly dependent on the concentration of the bile salt and not on the molar ratio of lipid and bile salt.


Bile salt DPPC vesicle fluorescence anisotropy 1,6-diphenylhexatriene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryIndian Institute of Technology — MadrasChennaiIndia

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