Thermally induced shape fluctuations were used to study elastic properties of giant vesicles composed of archaeal lipids C25,25
-archetidyl (glucosyl) inositol and C25,25
-archetidylinositol isolated from lyophilised Aeropyrum pernix
K1 cells. Giant vesicles were created by electroformation in pure water environment.
Stroboscopic illumination using a xenon flash lamp was implemented to remove the blur effect due to the finite integration time of the camera and to obtain an instant picture of the fluctuating vesicle shape. The mean weighted value of the bending elasticity modulus kc
of the archaeal membrane determined from the measurements meeting the entire set of qualification criteria was (1.89 ± 0.18) × 10−19
J, which is similar to the values obtained for a membrane composed of the eukaryotic phospholipids SOPC (1.88 ± 0.17) × 10−19
J and POPC (2.00 ± 0.21) ´ 10−19
J. We conclude that membranes composed of archaeal lipids isolated from Aeropyrum pernix
K1 cells have similar elastic properties as membranes composed of eukaryotic lipids. This fact, together with the importance of the elastic properties for the normal circulation through blood system, provides further evidence in favor of expectations that archaeal lipids could be appropriate for the design of drug delivery systems.
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