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Subcellular Biochemistry

Membrane Hydration

The Role of Water in the Structure and Function of Biological Membranes

Editors: Disalvo, E. Anibal (Ed.)

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  • Provides details in modern techniques in surface properties of lipid membranes
  • Correlates several aspects of membrane studies in relation to water properties that are scattered in the current literature
  • Gives an outstanding coverage of specific bibliography
  • Opens a new window to understand membrane phenomena in relation to biological functions
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This book is about the importance of water in determining the structure, stability and responsive behavior of biological membranes. Water confers to lipid membranes unique features in terms of surface and mechanical properties. The analysis of the hydration forces, plasticiser effects, controlled hydration, formation of microdomains of confined water suggests that water is an active constituent in a water-lipid system.

The chapters describe water organization at the lipid membrane–water interphase, the water penetration, the long range water structure in the presence of lipid membranes by means of X-ray and neutron scattering, general polarization, fluorescent probes, ATR-FTIR and near infrared spectroscopies, piezo electric methods, computer simulation and surface thermodynamics.

Permeation, percolation, osmotic stress, polarization, protrusion, sorption, hydrophobicity, density fluctuations are treated in detail in self-assembled bilayers. Studies in lipid monolayers show the correlation of surface pressure with water activity and its role in peptide and enzyme interactions. The book concludes with a discussion on anhydrobiosis and the effect of water replacement in microdomains and its consequence for cell function.

New definitions of lipid/water interphases consider water not only as a structural-making solvent but as a mediator in signalling metabolic activity, modulating protein insertion and enzymatic activity, triggering oscillatory reactions and functioning of membrane bound receptors. Since these effects occur at the molecular level, membrane hydration appears fundamental to understand the behavior of nano systems and confined environments mimicking biological systems.

These insights in structural, thermodynamical and mechanical water properties give a base for new paradigms in membrane structure and function for those interested in biophysics, physical chemistry, biology, bio and nano medicine, biochemistry,

biotechnology and nano sciences searching for biotechnological inputs in human health, food industry, plant growing and energy conversion.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Membrane Hydration: A Hint to a New Model for Biomembranes

    Pages 1-16

    Disalvo, E. Anibal

  • Use of X-Ray and Neutron Scattering Methods with Volume Measurements to Determine Lipid Bilayer Structure and Number of Water Molecules/Lipid

    Pages 17-43

    Tristram-Nagle, Stephanie

  • Water and Lipid Bilayers

    Pages 45-67

    Nickels, Jonathan D. (et al.)

  • Hydration Forces Between Lipid Bilayers: A Theoretical Overview and a Look on Methods Exploring Dehydration

    Pages 69-104

    Pfeiffer, Helge

  • Monitoring Membrane Hydration with 2-(Dimethylamino)-6-Acylnaphtalenes Fluorescent Probes

    Pages 105-125

    Bagatolli, Luis A.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Membrane Hydration
Book Subtitle
The Role of Water in the Structure and Function of Biological Membranes
Editors
  • E. Anibal Disalvo
Series Title
Subcellular Biochemistry
Series Volume
71
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-19060-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-19060-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-19059-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34664-9
Series ISSN
0306-0225
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 284
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