Investigation of lipid peroxidation in liposomes induced by heavy ion irradiation
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Lipid peroxidation induced by heavy ion irradiation was investigated in 1,2-dilinoleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DLPC) liposomes. Lipid peroxidation was induced using accelerated heavy ions that exhibit linear energy transfer (LET) values between 30 and 15 000 keV/μm and doses up to 100 kGy. With increasing LET, the formation of lipid peroxidation products such as conjugated dienes, lipid hydroperoxides, and thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances decreased. When comparing differential absorption spectra and membrane fluidity following irradiation with heavy ions and x-rays (3 Gy/min), respectively, it is obvious that there are significant differences between the influences of densely and sparsely ionizing radiation on liposomal membranes. Indications for lipid fragmentation could be detected after heavy ion irradiation.
KeywordsLipid Absorption Spectrum Lipid Peroxidation Energy Transfer Membrane Fluidity
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