Mixing of perfluorinated carboxylic acids with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine

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Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Hans-Joachim Lehmler
P.M. Bummer
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Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes

Perfluorinated acids are emerging as an important class of persistent environmental pollutant, thus raising human health concerns. To understand the behavior of these compounds in biological systems, the mixing behavior of two perfluorinated acids, perfluorododecanoic and perfluorotetradecanoic acid, with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) was studied in monolayers at the air–water interface and in fully hydrated DPPC bilayers. The mixing behavior of both acids was indicative of an attractive interaction and partial miscibility with DPPC at the air–water interface. In the bilayer studies, the fluorinated acids cause peak broadening and elimination of the pretransition of DPPC. The onset temperature of the main phase transition remains constant in the presence of the fluorinated acids suggesting immiscibilities in the gel phase. Below X(DPPC)=0.97 significant peak broadening of the main phase transition can be observed. These results suggest strong interaction between the respective acid and DPPC, and that both acids are able to partition into the lipid bilayer. However, their mixing behavior is far from ideal, thus suggesting the presence of domains or lipid aggregates with high acid concentrations which may (adversely) impact the function of biological mono- and bilayers.


Lehmler, H-J., and P. M. Bummer. "Mixing of perfluorinated carboxylic acids with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine." Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Biomembranes 1664, no. 2 (2004): 141-149.