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Water Librations in the Hydration Shell of Phospholipids

Water Librations in the Hydration Shell of Phospholipids
Damien Laage, Stephane Abel, Thomas Elsaesser, Giulia Folpini, Michael Woerner, Torsten Siebert
The hydrophilic phosphate moiety in the headgroup of phospholipids forms strong hydrogen bonds with water molecules in the first hydration layer. Time-domain terahertz spectroscopy in a range from 100 to 1000 cm–1 reveals the influence of such interactions on rotations of water molecules. We determine librational absorption spectra of water nanopools in phospholipid reverse micelles for a range from w0 = 2 to 16 waters per phospholipid molecule. A pronounced absorption feature with maximum at 830 cm–1 is superimposed on a broad absorption band between 300 and 1000 cm–1. Molecular dynamics simulations of water in the reverse micelles suggest that the feature at 830 cm–1 arises from water molecules forming one or two strong hydrogen bonds with phosphate groups, while the broad component comes from bulk-like environments. This behavior is markedly different from water interacting with less polar surfaces.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01942

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01942

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