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Mixed micellization between natural and synthetic block copolymers: β-casein and Lutrol F-127

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Amphiphilic block copolymers and mixtures of amphiphiles find broad applications in numerous technologies, including pharma, food, cosmetic and detergency. Here we report on the interactions between a biological charged diblock copolymer, β-casein, and a synthetic uncharged triblock copolymer, Lutrol F-127 (EO101PO56EO101), on their mixed micellization characteristics and the micelles' structure and morphology. Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) experiments indicate that mixed micelles form when Lutrol is added to monomeric as well as to assembled β-casein. The main driving force for the mixed micellization is the hydrophobic interactions. Above β-casein CMC, strong perturbations caused by penetration of the hydrophobic oxypropylene sections of Lutrol into the protein micellar core lead to disintegration of the micelles and reformation of mixed Lutrol/β-casein micelles. The negative enthalpy of micelle formation (ΔH) and cooperativity increase with raising β-casein concentration in solution. ζ-potential measurements show that Lutrol interacts with the protein micelles to form mixed micelles even below its critical micellization temperature (CMT). They further indicate that Lutrol effectively masks the protein charges, probably by forming a coating layer of the ethyleneoxide rich chains. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and cryogenic-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) indicate relatively small changes in the oblate micellar shape, but do show swelling along the small axis of β-casein micelles in the presence of Lutrol, thereby confirming the formation of mixed micelles.

Graphical abstract: Mixed micellization between natural and synthetic block copolymers: β-casein and Lutrol F-127

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Submitted
26 Jul 2010
Accepted
22 Oct 2010
First published
16 Nov 2010

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 3153-3160
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Paper

Mixed micellization between natural and synthetic block copolymers: β-casein and Lutrol F-127

I. Portnaya, R. Khalfin, E. Kesselman, O. Ramon, U. Cogan and D. Danino, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 3153
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP01321H

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