Deuterated fatty acids as Raman spectroscopic probes of membrane structure

R. Mendelsohn, S. Sunder, H. J. Bernstein

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Raman spectra are reported for the C-D stretching region of stearic acid-d35 bound in egg lecithin multilayers. The temperature dependence of the spectra shows that the linewidth of the C-D stretching bands is a sensitive and non-perturbative probe of membrane hydrocarbon chain conformation. The utility of this approach for studying lipid conformation in membranes containing a significant fraction of non-lipid component is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-617
Number of pages5
JournalBBA - Biomembranes
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 7 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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