We investigate the phase transition stages for detergent-mediated liposome solubilization of bio-mimetic membranes with the motivation of integrating membrane-bound Photosystem I into bio-hybrid opto-electronic devices. To this end, the interaction of two non-ionic detergents n-dodecyl-β-d-maltoside (DDM) and Triton X-100 (TX-100) with two types of phospholipids, namely DPhPC (1,2-diphytanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine) and DPPG (1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-(1′-rac-glycerol)), are examined. Specifically, solubilization processes for large unilamellar liposomes are studied with the aid of turbidity measurements, dynamic light scattering, and cryo-transmission electron microscopy imaging. Our results indicate that the solubilization process is well depicted by a three-stage model, wherein the lamellar-to-micellar transitions for DPhPC liposomes are dictated by the critical detergent/phospholipid ratios. The solubilization of DPhPC by DDM is devoid of formation of a “gel-like” phase. Furthermore, our results indicate that DDM is a stable candidate for DPhPC solubilization and proteoliposome formation. Finally, although the solubilization of DPPG with DDM indicated the familiar three-stage process, the same process with TX-100 indicate structural deformation of vesicles into complex network of kinetically trapped micro- and nanostructured arrangements of lipid bilayers.
- DPhPC and DPPG
- Detergent-mediated liposome solubilization
- Lamellar-to-complex structures
- Lamellar-to-micellar transition
- Transmission electron microscopy
- n-dodecyl-β-d-maltoside (DDM) and Triton X-100 (TX-100)