Measuring the bending rigidity of microbial glucolipid (biosurfactant) bioamphiphile self-assembled structures by neutron spin-echo (NSE): interdigitated vesicles, lamellae and fibers - Spectroscopie, Modélisation, Interfaces pour L'Environnement et la Santé Access content directly
Journal Articles Biochimica et Biophysica Acta:Biomembranes Year : 2023

Measuring the bending rigidity of microbial glucolipid (biosurfactant) bioamphiphile self-assembled structures by neutron spin-echo (NSE): interdigitated vesicles, lamellae and fibers

Vincent Chaleix
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Ingo Hoffmann
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Abstract

Bending rigidity, k, is classically measured for lipid membranes to characterize their nanoscale mechanical properties as a function of composition. Widely employed as a comparative tool, it helps understanding the relationship between the lipid’s molecular structure and the elastic properties of its corresponding bilayer. Widely measured for phospholipid membranes in the shape of giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs), bending rigidity is determined here for three self-assembled structures formed by a new biobased glucolipid bioamphiphile, rather associated to the family of glycolipid biosurfactants than phospholipids. In its oleyl form, glucolipid G-C18:1 can assemble into vesicles or crystalline fibers, while in its stearyl form, glucolipid G-C18:0 can assemble into lamellar gels. Neutron spin-echo (NSE) is employed in the q-range between 0.3 nm-1 (21 nm) and 1.5 nm-1 (4.1 nm) with a spin-echo time in the range of up to 500 ns to characterize the bending rigidity of three different structures (Vesicle suspension, Lamellar gel, Fiber gel) solely composed of a single glucolipid. The low (k= 0.30 ¬± 0.04 kbT) values found for the Vesicle suspension and high values found for the Lamellar (k= 130 ± 40 kbT) and Fiber gels (k= 900 ± 500 kbT) are unusual when compared to most phospholipid membranes. By attempting to quantify for the first time the bending rigidity of self-assembled bioamphiphiles, this work not only contributes to the fundamental understanding of these new molecular systems, but it also opens new perspectives in their integration in the field of soft materials.
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hal-04253645 , version 1 (23-10-2023)
hal-04253645 , version 2 (27-10-2023)

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Niki Baccile, Vincent Chaleix, Ingo Hoffmann. Measuring the bending rigidity of microbial glucolipid (biosurfactant) bioamphiphile self-assembled structures by neutron spin-echo (NSE): interdigitated vesicles, lamellae and fibers. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta:Biomembranes, 2023, 1866 (1), pp.184243. ⟨10.1016/j.bbamem.2023.184243⟩. ⟨hal-04253645v2⟩
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