NMR and Polarized Emission Studies of Cubic Phases and Model Membranes

  • Per-Olof Eriksson
  • Lennart B.-Å. Johansson
  • Göran Lindblom


Membrane lipids may form several different liquid crystalline phases depending on composition and temperature. In recent years studies have been focussed on the structure and molecular dynamics in the viscous isotropic or cubic liquid crystalline phases. The structural investigations performed with low angle X-ray diffraction usually do not give a complete picture of the structure and additional methods are needed. Two such methods are provided by NMR and time-resolved polarized emission briefly reviewed here. Lipid lateral diffusion coefficients for several different lamellar and cubic phases are summarized and the luminescence method for studies of aggregate geometry is described. It is shown that measurements of diffusional motion and quadrupole relaxation times can give information about dynamics as well as structure of the cubic phases.


Lateral Diffusion Liquid Crystalline Phasis Lipid System Lateral Diffusion Coefficient Emission Anisotropy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Per-Olof Eriksson
    • 1
  • Lennart B.-Å. Johansson
    • 1
  • Göran Lindblom
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical ChemistryUniversity of UmeåUmeåSweden

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