Zeitschrift fur physikalische chemie-international journal of research in physical chemistry & chemical physics vol:220 issue:1 pages:133-141
The present work describes a strategy and the mechanistic background for synthesizing magnetoliposomes (MLs) in which the bi-layered coating is partly composed of positively charged lipids. In a first step, neutral MLs are prepared from zwitterionic phosphatidylcholine vesicles and magnetite nanocores stabilized with an anionic surfactant, and then incubated with cationic vesicles formed from phosphatidylcholine and dioleoyltrimethyl-ammoniumpropane. During this latter step, spontaneous intermembrane lipid transfer occurs. After reaching an equilibrium state, the desired cationic MLs are captured from the mixture in a high-gradient magnetophoresis setup.