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Paper   IPM / Nano-Sciences / 14370
School of Nano Science
  Title:   Study of curcumin behavior in two different lipid bilayer models of liposomal curcumin using molecular dynamics simulation
1.  Seifollah Jalili
2.  Marzieh Saeedi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: J. Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
  No.:  2
  Vol.:  34
  Year:  2016
  Pages:   327-340
  Publisher(s):   Taylor & Francis
  Supported by:  IPM
Liposomal formulation of curcumin is an important therapeutic agent for the treatment of various cancers. Despite mextensive studies on the biological effects of this formulation in cancer treatment, much remains unknown about curcumin-liposome interactions. Understanding how different lipid bilayers respond to curcumin molecule may help us to design more effective liposomal curcumin. Here, we used molecular dynamics simulation method to investigate the behavior of curcumin in two lipid bilayers commonly used in preparation of liposomal curcumin, namely dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and dimyristoylphosphatidylglycerol (DMPG). First, the free energy barriers for translocation of one curcumin molecule from water to the lipid bilayer were determined by using the potential of mean force (PMF). The computed free energy profile exhibits a global minimum at the solvent-headgroup interface (LH region) for both lipid membranes. We also evaluated the free energy difference between the equilibrium position of curcumin in the lipid bilayer and bulk water as the excess chemical potential. Our results show that curcumin has the higher affinity in DMPG compared to DPPC lipid bilayer (-8.39 vs.-1.69 kBT) and this is related to more hydrogen bond possibility for curcumin in DMPG lipid membrane. Next, using an unconstrained molecular dynamic simulation with curcumin initially positioned at the center of lipid bilayer, we studied various properties of each lipid bilayer system in the presence of curcumin molecule that was in full agreement with PMF and experimental data. The results of these simulation studies suggest that membrane composition could have a large effect on interaction of curcumin-lipid bilayer.

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