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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(9), 11610-11642; doi:10.3390/ijms130911610
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Experimental Aspects of Colloidal Interactions in Mixed Systems of Liposome and Inorganic Nanoparticle and Their Applications

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Received: 7 August 2012; in revised form: 1 September 2012 / Accepted: 6 September 2012 / Published: 17 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nanostructures at Interfaces)
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Abstract: In the past few years, growing attention has been devoted to the study of the interactions taking place in mixed systems of phospholipid membranes (for instance in the form of vesicles) and hard nanoparticles (NPs). In this context liposomes (vesicles) may serve as versatile carriers or as a model system for biological membranes. Research on these systems has led to the observation of novel hybrid structures whose morphology strongly depends on the charge, composition and size of the interacting colloidal species as well as on the nature (pH, ionic strength) of their dispersing medium. A central role is played by the phase behaviour of phospholipid bilayers which have a tremendous influence on the liposome properties. Another central aspect is the incorporation of nanoparticles into vesicles, which is intimately linked to the conditions required for transporting a nanoparticle through a membrane. Herein, we review recent progress made on the investigations of the interactions in liposome/nanoparticle systems focusing on the particularly interesting structures that are formed in these hybrid systems as well as their potential applications.
Keywords: liposome; bilayer; nanoparticle; encapsulation; decorated vesicles; internalization; supported lipid bilayer; small unilamellar vesicle (SUV); colloidal stabilization liposome; bilayer; nanoparticle; encapsulation; decorated vesicles; internalization; supported lipid bilayer; small unilamellar vesicle (SUV); colloidal stabilization
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Michel, R.; Gradzielski, M. Experimental Aspects of Colloidal Interactions in Mixed Systems of Liposome and Inorganic Nanoparticle and Their Applications. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 11610-11642.

AMA Style

Michel R, Gradzielski M. Experimental Aspects of Colloidal Interactions in Mixed Systems of Liposome and Inorganic Nanoparticle and Their Applications. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2012; 13(9):11610-11642.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Michel, Raphael; Gradzielski, Michael. 2012. "Experimental Aspects of Colloidal Interactions in Mixed Systems of Liposome and Inorganic Nanoparticle and Their Applications." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 13, no. 9: 11610-11642.



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