Growth of giant membrane lobes mechanically driven by wetting fronts of phospholipid membranes at water-solid interfaces

Kenji Suzuki*, Hiroshi Masuhara

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Abstract

We report on the growth of giant membrane lobes that is mechanically driven by wetting fronts of phospholipid membranes at water-solid interfaces and a strategy to control the two-dimensional structure of the membrane lobes on a solid surface. The growth of giant membrane lobes was observed on a single-lipid bilayer which spread from a lump of phospholipid deposited on a silica-glass substrate or an oxidized silicon wafer in aqueous solutions of NaCl, KCl, MgCl2, or CaCl2 at relatively high salt concentrations. Most of the membrane lobes were very flat unilamellar tubes elongating from the lump of phospholipid, and their length reached 1 mm in 5 h. Experimental findings clearly indicate that the membrane lobes are adherent to the surface of the single-lipid bilayer and are mechanically elongated from the lump of phospholipid by the sliding motion of the single-lipid bilayer. We could control the two-dimensional structure of the membrane lobes on the substrate by controlling the spreading direction of the single-lipid bilayer using Pt micropatterns that were deposited on the smooth surface of the oxidized silicon wafer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-544
Number of pages8
JournalLangmuir
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Jan 2005

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