Hydrostatic pressure-induced conformational changes in phosphatidylcholine headgroups: a 2H NMR study.Biophys J. 1995 Aug; 69(2):518-23.BJ
The effects of pressure and temperature on 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine headgroup conformations were examined using deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance. Isothermal compression was found to produce a decrease in the choline alpha deuteron quadrupole splitting and increases in the choline beta and gamma deuteron quadrupole splittings. A similar counterdirectional change, seen in the presence of positive surface charge, has been attributed to tilting of the headgroup away from the bilayer surface in response to the torque exerted on the phosphocholine dipole by positive surface charges. The direction of the change in headgroup deuteron quadrupole splitting is consistent with the pressure-induced reduction in area per lipid in the liquid crystalline phase, which can be inferred from the ordering of phospholipid acyl chains under comparable conditions. The temperature dependences of the headgroup deuteron quadrupole splittings were also examined. It was found that at elevated pressure, the alpha splitting was insensitive to temperature, whereas the beta and gamma splittings decreased. The response of the beta deuteron splitting to temperature was found to be weaker at elevated pressure than at ambient pressure.