Effect of alkyl chain length on molecular heat transfer characteristics in lipid bilayers

Takeo Nakano, Gota Kikugawa, Taku Ohara

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Abstract

Nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations are carried out on single component lipid bilayers with ambient water in order to investigate the effect of acyl chain length on heat transport characteristics along and across the membranes. In this study, dipalmitoyl-phosphatidyl-choline (DPPC), dilauroyl-phosphatidyl-choline (DLPC), and stearoyl-myristoyl-phosphatidyl- choline (SMPC) which has two acyl chains of both sixteen C atoms, both twelve C atoms, and eighteen and fourteen C atoms, respectively, were used as lipid molecules. In the direction along the membranes, thermal conductivity corresponds with that of each membrane. On the other hand, in the direction across membrane, the highest thermal resistance exists at the center of lipid bilayer where lipid acyl chains face each other. However, asymmetric chain length reduces thermal resistance at the interface between lipid monolayers. Therefore, thermal conductivity across the membrane which consists of asymmetric chain length is higher than those which consist of symmetric chain length.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, AJTEC 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
EventASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, AJTEC 2011 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 2011 Mar 132011 Mar 17

Other

OtherASME/JSME 2011 8th Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, AJTEC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period11/3/1311/3/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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