Multilayers consisting of negatively charged phospholipid DMPA and myelin basic protein (MBP) were assembled by Langmuir-Blodgett deposition of floating Langmuir monolayers from the air/water interface to solid substrates. Protein/lipid samples were obtained by binding MBP from the aqueous subphase to the phospholipid monolayers before deposition. The vertical organization of these model membranes (i.e., with organization perpendicular to the substrate surface) was investigated in detail by neutron reflectivity measurements, and the internal distribution of water molecules was determined from the change of contrast after in-situ H2O/D2O exchange. The multilayers were well ordered, with repeating lipid bilayers as fundamental structural unit. MBP was inserted in between adjacent lipid headgroups, such as in the natural myelin membrane. Water molecules in the multilayers were present mainly in the lipid headgroup and protein slab. On exposition of the pure lipid multilayers to a dry atmosphere, a reduction of the bilayer spacing was determined, whereas the global lamellar order was not affected. In contrast, drying of the protein/ lipid multilayers induced degradation of the laminar order. The data demonstrate that ordered Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers are versatile model systems for studying how competing interactions between lipid, protein, water, and ions affect the global organization of such multilamellar lipid/protein assemblies. Here, the water molecules were found to be a necessary mediator to maintain the laminar order in a multilayer from DMPA and myelin basic protein.
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