Kinetic study on giant vesicle formation with electroformation method

Toshinori Shimanouchi, Hiroshi Umakoshi, Ryoichi Kuboi

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Giant vesicles (GVs) composed of zwitterionic phospholipids were prepared by the electroformation method. The growth behavior of GVs was quantitatively analyzed as a first-order kinetics of the radius of GVs to obtain the apparent growth rate constant kGr. On the basis of the dependence of the kGr value on the preparation temperature and the lipid composition of GVs, the membrane fluidity of vesicle membranes was found to be dominant in the growth behavior of GVs. The comparison of the kGr values with the membrane fluidity for GVs suggested the validity of the model that the swelling of the lipid membrane could induce the growth of GVs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4835-4840
Number of pages6
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 5 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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