Membrane interaction between Span 80 vesicle and phospholipid vesicle (liposome): Span 80 vesicle can perturb and hemifuse with liposomal membrane

Keita Hayashi, Tsuyoshi Tatsui, Toshinori Shimanouchi, Hiroshi Umakoshi

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We have focused on the interaction between the Span 80 vesicle and phospholipid vesicle (liposome). The Span 80 vesicle was mixed with a phospholipid vesicle (liposome), used as a simplified model of plasma membrane. From calcein leakage experiments, it was revealed that the interaction between the Span 80 vesicles and the liposomes could perturb the liposome membrane. In the experiments based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer, the lipid mixing between Span 80 vesicle and liposome was observed. The above phenomena were also supported by the fluorescence spectroscopic analysis using laurdan, resulting in the variation in the membrane properties of liposome after its mixing with Span 80 vesicle. These results suggest that the Span 80 vesicles can easily interact and hemifuse with the liposome membrane, which depend on the membrane properties of the Span 80 vesicle, " flexible" and " molecular structure" of the components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-264
Number of pages7
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2013



  • Hemifusion
  • Liposome
  • Membrane interaction
  • Span 80 vesicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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