Structure of the ripple phase in chiral and racemic dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine multibilayers

Phys. Rev. E 59, 2455 – Published 1 February 1999
Kheya Sengupta, V. A. Raghunathan, and John Katsaras


We present electron density maps of the ripple phase of chiral and racemic dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine. The structures of the two systems are found to be identical within experimental errors, thus unambiguously showing that the chirality of the lipid molecules does not influence the structure of this phase.


  • Received 17 August 1998
  • Published in the issue dated February 1999

© 1999 The American Physical Society

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Kheya Sengupta1, V. A. Raghunathan1, and John Katsaras2

  • 1Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, 560 080, India
  • 2National Research Council, Steacie Institute of Molecular Sciences, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada K0J 1J0

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