Cerebroside Langmuir monolayers originated from the echinoderms: II. Binary systems of cerebrosides and steroids

Hiromichi Nakahara, Shohei Nakamura, Kazufumi Nakamura, Masanori Inagaki, Mariko Aso, Ryuichi Higuchi, Osamu Shibata

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Two-component Langmuir monolayers formed on a subphase of 0.5 M sodium chloride solution were investigated for two different cerebrosides (LMC-1 and LMC-2) with steroids of cholesterol (Ch) and cholesteryl sodium sulfate (Ch-S); i.e. LMC-1/Ch, LMC-1/Ch-S, LMC-2/Ch, and LMC-2/Ch-S were examined in terms of surface pressure (π), the surface potential (ΔV) and the dipole moment (μ) as a function of surface area (A) by employing the Langmuir method, the ionizing electrode method, and the fluorescence microscopy. Surface potentials (ΔV) of steroids were analyzed using the three-layer model proposed by Demchak and Fort [R.J. Demchak, T. Fort Jr., J. Colloid Interface Sci. 46 (1974) 191-202]. The miscibility of cerebrosides and steroids in the insoluble monolayers was examined by plotting the variation of the molecular area and the surface potential as a function of the steroid molar fraction (Xsteroid) based upon the additivity rule. From the A-X steroid and ΔVm-Xsteroid plots, partial molecular surface area (PMA) and apparent partial molecular surface potential (APSP) were determined at the different surface pressures. The PMA and APSP with the mole fraction were discussed for the miscible system. Judging from the two-dimensional phase diagrams, they can be classified into two types. The first is a completely immiscible type; the combination of cerebrosides with cholesterol. The second is a negative azeotropic type, where cerebrosides and cholesteryl sodium sulfate are completely miscible both in the expanded state and in the condensed state. In addition, a regular surface mixture (the Joos equation for the analysis of the collapse pressure of two-component monolayers) allowed calculation of the interaction parameter (ξ) and the interaction energy (-Δε) between the cerebrosides and Ch-S. The miscibility of cerebroside and steroid components in the monolayer state was also supported by fluorescence microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-185
Number of pages11
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 10 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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