Author(s) Sabirovas, T.; Valiūnienė, A.; Gabriunaite, I.; Valincius, G.
Journal Biochim Biophys Acta Biomembr
Date Published 2020 Jun 01

Mixed self-assembled monolayers of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) and methyltrichlorosilane (MTS) were deposited via simple silanization procedure on a mechanically polished titanium surface. The monolayers act as molecular anchors for mixed hybrid bilayer lipid membranes (mhBLM) which were accomplished via vesicle fusion. A variation of the MTS concentration in silanization solutions significantly affects properties of mhBLMs composed of a 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) and cholesterol (Chol). The bilayers become less insulating following an increase of the MTS content. On the other hand, an increase of the MTS concentration provides flexibility of the mhBLM membranes necessary for the functional reconstitution of membrane proteins. The optimal molar ratio of MTS in silanization solution is 40% providing anchors for intact mhBLMs as confirmed by their specific capacitance of 0.86 μF cm. We found that the bilayers containing 40% (mol) of cholesterol bind cholesterol dependent pneumolysin (PLY). However, we did not observe functional reconstitution of PLY. While α-hemolysin almost fully disrupts mhBLMs assembled from 100% diphytanoyl. An important advantage of the titanium/OTS/MTS molecular anchor systems is their ability of repetitive regeneration of phospholipid bilayers without losing functional properties as demonstrated in the current study. This creates a possibility for the multiple-use phospholipid membrane biosensors which have a potential of decreasing the cost of such electrochemical/electroanalytical devices.

DOI 10.1016/j.bbamem.2020.183232
ISSN 1879-2642
Citation Biochim Biophys Acta Biomembr. 2020;1862(6):183232.