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On the Self-Assembly Mechanism of pH-Responsive Glycolipids: Micelles, Fibers, Vesicles, and Bilayers

Abstract : A set of four structurally related glycolipids are described: two of them have one glucose unit connected to either stearic or oleic acid, and two other ones have a diglucose headgroup (sophorose) similarly connected to either stearic or oleic acid. The self-assembly properties of these compounds, poorly known, are important to know due to their use in various fields of application from cleaning to cosmetics to medical. At basic pH, they all form mainly small micellar aggregates. At acidic pH, the oleic and stearic derivatives of the monoglucose form, respectively, vesicles and bilayer, while the same derivatives of the sophorose headgroup form micelles and twisted ribbons. We use pH-resolved in situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) under synchrotron radiation to characterize the pH-dependent mechanism of evolution from micelles to the more complex aggregates at acidic pH. By pointing out the importance of the COO–/COOH ratio, the melting temperature, Tm, of the lipid moieties, hydration of the glycosidic headgroup, the packing parameter, membrane rigidity, and edge stabilization, we are now able to draw a precise picture of the full self-assembly mechanism. This work is a didactical illustration of the complexity of the self-assembly process of a stimuli-responsive amphiphile during which many concomitant parameters play a key role at different stages of the process.
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Niki Baccile, Sophie Cuvier, Sylvain Prévost, Christian V. Stevens, Elisabeth Delbeke, et al.. On the Self-Assembly Mechanism of pH-Responsive Glycolipids: Micelles, Fibers, Vesicles, and Bilayers. Langmuir, American Chemical Society, 2016, 32 (42), pp.10881 - 10894. ⟨10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b02337⟩. ⟨hal-01429922⟩



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