Conformational and Motional Properties of Lipids in Biological Membranes as Determined by Deuterium Magnetic Resonance

  • Ian C. P. Smith
Part of the Biomembranes book series (B, volume 12)


Membranes attracted the interest of NMR spectroscopists during the late 1960s. The methods applied were essentially those of high-resolution NMR, and the resonances of 1H and 13C were disappointingly broad. Much activity was therefore focused on sonicated lipid dispersions—small single-bilayer vesicles—in which the rates of rotational diffusion of the model membranes were sufficiently rapid to average out the anisotropies responsible for the broad resonances of natural membranes. The problem with this approach was that the information averaged away by rotation was more valuable than that which was left.


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  • Ian C. P. Smith
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  1. 1.Division of Biological SciencesNational Research CouncilOttawaCanada

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