This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing theresources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. The subproject andinvestigator (PI) may have received primary funding from another NIH source,and thus could be represented in other CRISP entries. The institution listed isfor the Center, which is not necessarily the institution for the investigator.To expand the application of the SPM/DOPC/cholesterol model lipid system to real plasma membranes, the dynamic characterization of the Lo and Ld phases on the phase boundary by ESR spectra has been undertaken for comparison to real plasma membranes. The order parameter and dynamic parameters, such as rotational diffusion coefficients, can be obtained from fitting an ESR spectrum with a dynamic model, and these parameters can be used to characterize a lipid phase. If parameter from a model membrane phase exhibits similar characteristics to those parameters obtained from the same spin-probe in real plasma membranes, then we can say with confidence that the model membrane is similar to the real membrane. Many different membrane spin-probes can be employed to increase the specificity of the characterization as well as increasing the understanding of the phase state. This characterization combined with the global tie-line configuration for the Lo+Ld phase coexistence region will allow a more detailed model for lipid rafts.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR016292-07
Application #
7602686
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2007-09-01
Project End
2008-08-31
Budget Start
2007-09-01
Budget End
2008-08-31
Support Year
7
Fiscal Year
2007
Total Cost
$961
Indirect Cost
Name
Cornell University
Department
Chemistry
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
872612445
City
Ithaca
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
14850
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