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Biomimetic monolayer films of digalactosyldiacylglycerol incorporating plastoquinone
Hoyo Perez, Javier; Guaus Guerrero, Ester; Torrent Burgués, Juan; Sanz Carrasco, Fausto
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Química; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. GBMI - Grup de Biotecnologia Molecular i Industrial
The photosynthesis is the process used by plants and bacteria cells to convert inorganic matter in organic thanks to the light energy. This process consist on several steps, being one of them the electronic transport from the photosystem II to the cytochrome thanks to plastoquinone-9 (PQ). Here we prepare membranes that mimic the characteristics and composition of natural photosynthetic cell membranes and we characterize them in order to obtain the PQ molecules position in the membrane and their electrochemical behaviour. The selected galactolipid is digalactosyldiacylglycerol (DGDG) that represents the 30% of the thylakoid membrane lipid content. The results obtained are worthful for several science fields due to the relevance of galactolipids as anti-algal, anti-viral, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory agents and the antioxidant and free radical scavenger properties of prenylquinones.; Both pure components (DGDG and PQ) and the DGDG:PQ mixtures have been studied using surface pressure-area isotherms. These isotherms give information about the film stability and indicate the thermodynamic behaviour of the mixture and their physical state. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) film has been transferred forming a monolayer that mimics the bottom layer of the biological membranes. This monolayer on mica has been topo-graphically characterized using AFM and both the height and the physical state that they present have been obtained. Moreover, these monolayers have been transferred onto ITO that is a hydrophilic substrate with good optical and electrical features, so that, it is suitable for studying the electrochemical behaviour of these systems and it is a good candidate for energy producing devices. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria química::Química física::Electroquímica
Monomolecular films
Biomimetic membrane
Digalactosyldiacylglycerol
Plastoquinone
Modified ITO electrode
Langmuir-Blodgett film
Electron transfer
Molecular-dynamics simulations
Lateral diffusion-coefficients
Supported lipid-bilayers
Atomic-force microscopy
Phospholipid-bilayers
Ubiquinone homologs
Mixed-monolayer
Chain-length
Dipalmitoylphophatidylcholine monolayers
Alpha-tocopherol
Membranes (Biologia)
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