Influence of Short Chain Phospholipid Spacers on the Properties of Diacetylenic Phosphatidylcholine Bilayers

  • Alok Singh
  • Bruce P. Gaber
Part of the Polymer Science and Technology book series (PST, volume 38)


Diacetylenes in phospholipid bilayers have been the subject of extensive studies in our laboratory, not only because of the highly conjugated polymers they form, but also because of their ability to transform bilayers into interesting microstructures. Consequent to our synthesis and characterization of several isomeric diacetylenic phospholipids, we have found that the polymerization in diacetylenic bilayers is not complete. In order to achieve participation of all diacetylenic lipid monomer in the polymerization process, diacetylenic phospholipid was mixed with a spacer’ lipid, which contained similar number of methylenes as were between the ester linkage and the diacetylene of the polymerizable lipid. Depending upon the composition of the mixtures different morphologies, ranging from tubules to liposomes, have been observed. Polymerization efficiency has been found to be dependent on the composition of the two lipids and in all cases the polymerization was more rapid and efficient than the pure diacetylenic system.


Nonanoic Acid Control Release System Mixed Lipid Undecylenic Acid Undecanoic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alok Singh
    • 1
  • Bruce P. Gaber
    • 1
  1. 1.Bio/Molecular Engineering Branch, Code 6190Naval Research LaboratoryUSA

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