Interactions between selected photosensitizers and model membranes: an NMR classification

Marzorati, M.; Bigler, P.; Vermathen, M. (2011). Interactions between selected photosensitizers and model membranes: an NMR classification. Biochimica et biophysica acta - biomembranes, 1808(6), pp. 1661-1672. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.bbamem.2011.02.011

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Membrane interactions of porphyrinic photosensitizers (PSs) are known to play a crucial role for PS efficiency in photodynamic therapy (PDT). In the current paper, the interactions between 15 different porphyrinic PSs with various hydrophilic/lipophilic properties and phospholipid bilayers were probed by NMR spectroscopy. Unilamellar vesicles consisting of dioleoyl-phosphatidyl-choline (DOPC) were used as membrane models. PS-membrane interactions were deduced from analysis of the main DOPC (1)H-NMR resonances (choline and lipid chain signals). Initial membrane adsorption of the PSs was indicated by induced changes to the DOPC choline signal, i.e. a split into inner and outer choline peaks. Based on this parameter, the PSs could be classified into two groups, Type-A PSs causing a split and the Type-B PSs causing no split. A further classification into two subgroups each, A1, A2 and B1, B2 was based on the observed time-dependent changes of the main DOPC NMR signals following initial PS adsorption. Four different time-correlated patterns were found indicating different levels and rates of PS penetration into the hydrophobic membrane interior. The type of interaction was mainly affected by the amphiphilicity and the overall lipophilicity of the applied PS structures. In conclusion, the NMR data provided valuable structural and dynamic insights into the PS-membrane interactions which allow deriving the structural constraints for high membrane affinity and high membrane penetration of a given PS. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

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Marzorati, Mattia, Bigler, Peter, Vermathen, Martina








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04 Oct 2013 14:26

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05 Dec 2022 14:08

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