Changes Caused by Liposomes to the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction

Michael S. Chern, Yukihiro Okamoto, Keishi Suga, Nozomi Watanabe, Hiroshi Umakoshi

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The Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction has been applied to give autonomous dynamic behaviors to artificial systems. This reaction is conducted in an aqueous system, but it produces some hydrophobic intermediates, such as bromine. On the basis of previous works about reactions in the lipid bilayer, we investigated how liposome membranes (water-oil interface) affect the BZ reaction. Herein diacylglycerophosphocholine (PC) molecules with a variety of hydrocarbon tails were selected as components of liposomes, and the BZ reaction in the presence of the liposomes was characterized. As a result, membrane fluidity was the main characteristic leading to changes in the reaction behavior. The decrease of the frequency of oscillations was relevant to membrane fluidity, suggesting the interaction of bromine species in the hydrophobic site of the liposomes. In addition, the heterogeneous membrane (so+ld) of DMPC showed a fast decrease in the amplitude of oscillations. Conclusively, characteristics of the hydrophobic environment play a role in the reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9862-9869
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 5


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