Publication Details (including relevant citation information):
Anthony Baldridge, Adrian Amador, and Laren M. Tolbert*
Langmuir, 2011, 27 (7), pp 3271–3274
Publication Date (Web): March 11, 2011
Copyright © 2011 American Chemical Society
Bile salts, including sodium cholate (NaCh), are amphiphilic molecules with a concave hydrophilic side and a convex hydrophobic side. By forming aggregates in aqueous solution, these natural surfactants fulfill vital biological roles in the solubilization of cholesterol, lipids, and fat-soluble vitamins and thus are involved in the transport and absorption of important biological molecules. Following our success with the encapsulation of fluorescent protein chromophore (FP) analogs by synthetic hydrophobic and hydrophilic hosts, based upon substitution patterns, we now report the binding and turn on of other analogs by bile salt aggregates, observations which may lead to new tools for studying trafficking in these important systems.
Address (URL): http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/la2003244