Journal article

Progression of NMR studies of membrane-active peptides from lipid bilayers to live cells

M-A Sani, F Separovic

JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

Understanding the structure of membrane-active peptides faces many challenges associated with the development of appropriate model membrane systems as the peptide structure depends strongly on the lipid environment. This perspective provides a brief overview of the approach taken to study antimicrobial and amyloid peptides in phospholipid bilayers using oriented bilayers and magic angle spinning techniques. In particular, Boltzmann statistics REDOR and maximum entropy analysis of spinning side bands are used to analyse systems where multiple states of peptide or lipid molecules may co-exist. We propose that in future, rather than model membranes, structural studies in whole cells are feasibl..

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