The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Formation of three-dimensional protein-lipid aggregates in monolayer films induced by surfactant protein B.

This study focuses on the structural organization of surfactant protein B (SP-B) containing lipid monolayers. The artificial system is composed of the saturated phospholipids dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG) in a molar ratio of 4:1 with 0.2 mol% SP-B. The different "squeeze-out" structures of SP-B were visualized by scanning probe microscopy and compared with structures formed by SP-C. Particularly, the morphology and material properties of mixed monolayers containing 0.2 mol% SP-B in a wide pressure range of 10 to 54 mN/m were investigated revealing that filamentous domain boundaries occur at intermediate surface pressure (15-30 mN/m), while disc-like protrusions prevail at elevated pressure (50-54 mN/m). In contrast, SP-C containing lipid monolayers exhibit large flat protrusions composed of stacked bilayers in the plateau region (app. 52 mN/m) of the pressure-area isotherm. By using different scanning probe techniques (lateral force microscopy, force modulation, phase imaging) it was shown that SP-B is dissolved in the liquid expanded rather than in the liquid condensed phase of the monolayer. Although artificial, the investigation of this system contributes to further understanding of the function of lung surfactant in the alveolus.[1]


  1. Formation of three-dimensional protein-lipid aggregates in monolayer films induced by surfactant protein B. Krol, S., Ross, M., Sieber, M., Künneke, S., Galla, H.J., Janshoff, A. Biophys. J. (2000) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities