Publications in Scientific Journals:
B. Plochberger, C. Röhrl, J. Preiner, C. Rankl, M. Brameshuber, J. Madl, R. Bittman, R. Ros, E. Sezgin, C. Eggeling, P. Hinterdorfer, H. Stangl, G. Schütz:
"HDL particles incorporate into lipid bilayers - a combined AFM and single molecule fluorescence microscopy study";
The process, how lipids are removed from the circulation and transferred from high density lipoprotein
(HDL) - a main carrier of cholesterol in the blood stream - to cells, is highly complex. HDL particles are
captured from the blood stream by the scavenger receptor, class B, type I (SR-BI), the so-called HDL
receptor. The details in subsequent lipid-transfer process, however, have not yet been completely
understood. The transfer has been proposed to occur directly at the cell surface across an unstirred
water layer, via a hydrophobic channel in the receptor, or after HDL endocytosis. The role of the target
lipid membrane for the transfer process, however, has largely been overlooked. Here, we studied at
the single molecule level how HDL particles interact with synthetic lipid membranes. Using (highspeed)
atomic force microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) we found out that,
upon contact with the membrane, HDL becomes integrated into the lipid bilayer. Combined force
and single molecule fluorescence microscopy allowed us to directly monitor the transfer process of
fluorescently labelled amphiphilic lipid probe from HDL particles to the lipid bilayer upon contact.
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