Gangliosides Destabilize Lipid Phase Separation in Multicomponent MembranesLiu, Y., Barnoud, J. & Marrink, S. J., 1-Oct-2019, In : Biophysical Journal. 117, 7, p. 1215-1223 19 p.
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Gangliosides (GMs) form an important class of lipids found in the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane. Typically, they colocalize with cholesterol and sphingomyelin in ordered membrane domains. However, detailed understanding of the lateral organization of GM-rich membranes is still lacking. To gain molecular insight, we performed molecular dynamics simulations of GMs in model membranes composed of coexisting liquid-ordered and liquid-disordered domains. We found that GMs indeed have a preference to partition into the ordered domains. At higher concentrations (>10 mol %), we observed a destabilizing effect of GMs on the phase coexistence. Further simulations with modified GMs show that the structure of the GM headgroup affects the phase separation, whereas the nature of the tail determines the preferential location. Together, our findings provide a molecular basis to understand the lateral organization of GM-rich membranes.
|Number of pages||19|
|Early online date||6-Sep-2019|
|Publication status||Published - 1-Oct-2019|
- MARTINI FORCE-FIELD, GM1 GANGLIOSIDE, COMPUTATIONAL LIPIDOMICS, PROTEIN INTERACTIONS, FUNCTIONAL RAFTS, DOMAIN FORMATION, CROSS-LINKING, MODEL, DYNAMICS, ORGANIZATION