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Membrane curvature is an important parameter in biological processes such as cellular movement, division, and vesicle fusion and budding. Traditionally, only proteins and protein-derived peptides have been used as sensors for membrane curvature. Three water-soluble bischolate foldamers were synthesized, all labeled with an environmentally sensitive fluorophore to report their binding with lipid membranes. The orientation and ionic nature of the fluorescent label were found to be particularly important in their performance as membrane-curvature sensors. The bischolate with an NBD group in the hydrophilic α-face of the cholate outperformed the other two analogues as a membrane-curvature sensor and responded additionally to the lipid composition including the amounts of cholesterol and anionic lipids in the membranes.
American Chemical Society
Gunasekara, Roshan W. and Zhao, Yan, "Conformationally Switchable Water-Soluble Fluorescent Bischolate Foldamers as Membrane-Curvature Sensors" (2015). Chemistry Publications. 192.