Molecular-level elucidation of hydration at biological membrane interfaces is of great importance for understanding biological processes. We studied ultrafast hydrogen-bond dynamics at a zwitterionic phosphatidylcholine/water interface by two-dimensional heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation (2D HD-VSFG) spectroscopy. The obtained 2D spectra confirm that the anionic phosphate and cationic choline sites are individually hydrated at the interface. Furthermore, the data show that the dynamics of water at the zwitterionic lipid interface is not a simple sum of the dynamics of the water species that hydrate to the separate phosphate and choline. The center line slope (CLS) analysis of the 2D spectra reveals that ultrafast hydrogen-bond fluctuation is not significantly suppressed around the phosphate at the zwitterionic lipid interface, which makes the hydrogen-bond dynamics look similar to that of the bulk water. The present study indicates that the hydrogen-bond dynamics at membrane interfaces is not determined only by the hydrogen bond to a specific site of the interface but is largely dependent on the water dynamics in the vicinity and other nearby moieties, through the hydrogen-bond network.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry