Journal of Synchrotron Radiation

Volume 20, Part 5 (September 2013)


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J. Synchrotron Rad. (2013). 20, 721-728    [ doi:10.1107/S0909049513020074 ]

Determination of nanostructure of liposomes containing two model drugs by X-ray scattering from a synchrotron source

A. Nasedkin, J. Davidsson and M. Kumpugdee-Vollrath

Abstract: Small-angle X-ray scattering has been employed to study how the introduction of paracetamol and acetylsalicylic acid into a liposome bilayer system affects the system's nanostructure. An X-ray scattering model, developed for multilamellar liposome systems [Pabst et al. (2000), Phys. Rev. E, 62, 4000-4009], has been used to fit the experimental data and to extract information on how structural parameters, such as the number and thickness of the bilayers of the liposomes, thickness of the water layer in between the bilayers, size and volume of the head and tail groups, are affected by the drugs and their concentration. Even though the experimental data reveal a complicated picture of the drug-bilayer interaction, they clearly show a correlation between nanostructure, drug and concentration in some aspects. The localization of the drugs in the bilayers is discussed.

Keywords: SAXS; WAXS; acetylsalicylic acid; paracetamol; drug-loaded liposomes.


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