Studies on the Behavior of Eucalyptol and Terpinen-4-ol-Natural Food Additives and Ecological Pesticides-in Model Lipid Membranes

Langmuir. 2017 Jul 11;33(27):6916-6924. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00774. Epub 2017 Jun 27.

Abstract

Effective application of the essential oils requires detailed exploration of their mechanism of action and the origin of diverse activity of their components. In this work, the influence of eucalyptol and terpinen-4-ol on artificial membranes was studied to verify whether the differences in the activity of these compounds are related to their effect on membranes. The properties of monolayers formed from structurally different lipids in the presence of terpenes were examined based on the results of the surface pressure-area measurements, penetration studies, and Brewster angle microscopy experiments. Both compounds were able to incorporate into the membrane and alter lipid/lipid interactions, making the monolayer less stable and more fluid. These effects were determined by monolayer composition (but not by its condensation per se) and the resulting rheological properties and were stronger in the presence of terpinen-4-ol. These findings confirm the hypothesis that differences in the antimicrobial potency of these terpenes are membrane-related, and membrane composition may determine their selectivity.

MeSH terms

  • Eucalyptol / chemistry*
  • Food Additives
  • Lipids
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Pesticides
  • Terpenes

Substances

  • Food Additives
  • Lipids
  • Membranes, Artificial
  • Pesticides
  • Terpenes
  • terpinenol-4
  • Eucalyptol