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Applications of Brewster angle microscopy from biological materials to biological systems

Applications of Brewster angle microscopy from biological materials to biological systems
Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) is a powerful technique that allows for real-time visualization of Langmuir monolayers. The lateral organization of these films can be investigated, including phase separation and the formation of domains, which may be of different sizes and shapes depending on the properties of the monolayer. Different molecules or small changes within a molecule such as the molecule's length or presence of a double bond can alter the monolayer's lateral organization that is usually undetected using surface pressure-area isotherms. The effect of such changes can be clearly observed using BAM in real-time, under full hydration, which is an experimental advantage in many cases. While previous BAM reviews focused more on selected compounds or compared the impact of structural variations on the lateral domain formation, this review provided a broader overview of BAM application using biological materials and systems including the visualization of amphiphilic molecules, proteins, drugs, extracts, DNA, and nanoparticles at the air-water interface.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0005273617302201

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