Atsushi Ikeda and colleagues describe in this paper, which is the outside cover of OBC Issue 8, how the addition of small amounts of lipids bearing a π-moiety can help the migration of hydrophobic C70 into the hydrophilic liposome surface.
The delivery of fullerenes C70 into liposomes could have interesting applications in drug delivery.
Read more about the mechanism of how fullerenes are incorporated into the lipid structures in this article which is free to access for 6 weeks!
Formation and regulation of fullerene-incorporation in liposomes under the phase transition temperature
Atsushi Ikeda, Yoshihiko Kawai, Jun-ichi Kikuchi, Motofusa Akiyama, Eiji Nakata, Yoshihiro Uto and Hitoshi Hori
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2011, 9, 2622-2627