European Biophysics Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 193–196 | Cite as

Interaction of proteins with lipid monolayers at the air-solution interface studied by reflection spectroscopy

  • Z. Kozarac
  • A. Dhathathreyan
  • D. Möbius


The interaction of a fluorescein-labelled insulin and of cytochrome C with the air-solution interface and with lipid monolayers at the air-solution interface has been studied by measuring the change in surface pressure at constant area and by reflection spectroscopy. Chromophores at the interface only give rise to enhanced light reflection without contribution to the signal from chromophores in the bulk. The accumulation of labelled insulin at the solution surface is very weak as concluded from the shape of the spectrum and reflection intensity. No interaction with a monolayer of dipalmitoyl-phosphatidylcholine at initial surface pressure of 5mN/m was detected. In contrast, the interaction with monolayers of dioctadecyl-dimethyl-ammonium bromide at initial surface pressures between 5 and 40 mN/m is much stronger, leading to a remarkable increase of surface pressure at constant area and strong reflection signal. The technique was also used to detect cytochrome C at the air-solution interface.

Key words

Reflection lipid-protein interaction surface pressure monolayer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Kozarac
    • 1
  • A. Dhathathreyan
    • 1
  • D. Möbius
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische ChemieGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

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