Choline phospholipids are the major constituents of the outer layer of the erythrocyte membrane. To investigate their lateral membrane organization we determined the fluorescence lifetime properties of diphenylhexatriene analogues of phosphatidylcholine, choline plasmalogen, (the respective enolether derivative), and sphingomyelin inserted into the outer layer of hemoglobin-free ghosts. Fluorescence lifetimes were recorded by time-resolved phase and modulation fluorometry and analyzed in terms of Continuous Lorentzian distributions. To assess the influence of membrane proteins on the fluorescence lifetime of the labeled lipids in the biomembrane, lipid vesicles were used as controls. In general, the lifetime distributions in the ghost membranes are broad compared to vesicles. Phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin exhibit very similar lifetime distributions in contrast to an increased plasmalogen lifetime heterogeneity in both systems. Orientational effects of side chain mobilities on the observed lifetimes can be excluded. Fluorescence anisotropies revealed identical values for all three labeled phospholipids in the biomembrane.
The Journal of Membrane Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 1, 2000
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