Waldie, S, Moulin, M, Porcar, L, Pichler, H, Strohmeier, GA, Skoda, M, Forsyth, VT, Haertlein, M, Maric, S and Cárdenas, M (2019) The Production of Matchout-Deuterated Cholesterol and the Study of Bilayer-Cholesterol Interactions. Scientific Reports, 9 (1). 5118 - ?. ISSN 2045-2322

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The deuteration of biomolecules provides advanced opportunities for neutron scattering studies. For low resolution studies using techniques such as small-angle neutron scattering and neutron reflection, the level of deuteration of a sample can be varied to match the scattering length density of a specific D2O/H2O solvent mixture. This can be of major value in structural studies where specific regions of a complex system can be highlighted, and others rendered invisible. This is especially useful in analyses of the structure and dynamics of membrane components. In mammalian membranes, the presence of cholesterol is crucial in modulating the properties of lipids and in their interaction with proteins. Here, a protocol is described for the production of partially deuterated cholesterol which has a neutron scattering length density that matches that of 100% D2O solvent (hereby named matchout cholesterol). The level of deuteration was determined by mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance. The cholesterol match-point was verified experimentally using small angle neutron scattering. The matchout cholesterol was used to investigate the incorporation of cholesterol in various phosphatidylcholine supported lipid bilayers by neutron reflectometry. The study included both saturated and unsaturated lipids, as well as lipids with varying chain lengths. It was found that cholesterol is distributed asymmetrically within the bilayer, positioned closer to the headgroups of the lipids than to the middle of the tail core, regardless of the phosphatidylcholine species.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: biological physics; biosynthesis; characterization and analytical techniques
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Life Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 10:25
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 10:25
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6340

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