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Kinetic phase behavior of distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine dispersed in glycerol

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L Chen, Z W Yu, P J Quinn

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231 - 238
Number of pages8
JournalBiophysical Chemistry
Issue number2-3
Published15 Feb 2001

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Phase behavior of distearoylphosphatidylethanolamine dispersed in excess glycerol has been examined by differential scanning calorimetry. Transformation from lamellar-gel to lamellar crystalline phase was found to take place at temperatures near 74.9 degreesC upon cooling and near 76.3 degreesC during heating scans. The transition can also be observed under isothermal conditions at temperature in this range. The kinetics of the transformation from lamellar-gel to lamellar-crystal phase was analyzed by the well-known Avrami equation. The apparent Avrami exponents were found to be approximately 1.6. The effective dimensionality of the growth pattern can then be set as 1, after taking into account the contribution of nucleation at the examination temperatures. The activation energy of the phase transition was estimated as approximately 255 kJ mol(-1). The data are discussed in terms of development of successful cryoprotective strategies using glycerol. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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