In-plane molecular organization of hydrated single lipid bilayers: DPPC:cholesterol

Nanoscale. 2017 Dec 21;10(1):87-92. doi: 10.1039/c7nr07510c.


Understanding the physical properties of cholesterol-phospholipid systems is essential to gain a better knowledge of the function of each membrane constituent. We present a novel, simple and user-friendly setup that allows for the straightforward grazing incidence X-ray diffraction characterization of hydrated individual supported lipid bilayers. This configuration minimizes the scattering from the liquid and allows the detection of the extremely weak diffracted signal of the membrane, enabling the differentiation of the coexisting domains in DPPC:cholesterol single bilayers.

MeSH terms

  • 1,2-Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine / chemistry*
  • Cholesterol / chemistry*
  • Lipid Bilayers / chemistry*
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Lipid Bilayers
  • 1,2-Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine
  • Cholesterol