Regular Article - Soft Matter
Different effects of two Poloxamers (L61 and F68) on the conductance of bilayer lipid membranes
Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Moscow, Russia
2 Kotelnikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics of RAS, Moscow, Russia
3 Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow, Russia
4 MIREA-Russian Technological University, Moscow, Russia
5 National Research Center Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 15 February 2023
Published online: 15 March 2023
The integral conductance of planar lipid bilayer membranes in the presence of two Poloxamers (Pluronics) L61 and F68 with the same lengths of hydrophobic poly(propylene oxide) blocks and the different lengths of hydrophilic poly(ethylene oxide) blocks increases with an increase in the concentration of both Pluronics; however, the shape of the conductance-concentration curves is super linear for L61 and sublinear for F68. In the presence of both Pluronics, rare discrete current jumps are observed against the background of continuous current. At high concentrations, the I–V curves of membranes with both L61 and F68 became nonlinear at sufficiently low voltages but differed significantly. At voltages greater than 50 mV, the conductance of membranes with L61 increased sharply and quantized jumps were observed toward higher conductance, which could be interpreted as the appearance of additional pores. On the contrary, the conductance of membranes with F68 decreased and quantized jumps to lower conductance were observed, which could be interpreted as blocking of already existing pores. We attributed the differences in the conductance-concentration and I–V curves of these two Pluronics to their different effects on the dynamics of membrane hydration and, accordingly, on the probability of formation of conducting pores.
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