The inhibition of complement-dependent hemolysis by liposomes containing cerebroside sulfate

Research paper by A. P. Kaplun, O. O. Burdelev, N. N. Ivanova, Yu. M. Krasnopol’skii, V. I. Shvets

Indexed on: 01 Jan '00Published on: 01 Jan '00Published in: Russian Journal of Bioorganic Chemistry


Cerebroside sulfate (CGS) was found to be capable of inhibiting complement-dependent hemolysis. The activity dependence of CGS-containing liposomes on their composition was studied. Mixtures of CGS with phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylserine, sphingomyelin from cattle brain, cerebroside from cattle spinal cord (CG), and egg yolk phosphatidylcholine (ePC) were investigated. In the case of binary CGS/ePC mixtures, the antihemolytic activity varied nonlinearly with an increase in the mass part of CGS: it sharply increased with an increase in the CGS part from 0.3 to 0.5 and decreased by 20–30% of the maximum value with an increase in the CGS part from 0.9 to 1. On the basis of these experiments, the optimum distance between the charged groups of CGS was estimated to be 0.92–1.6 nm. In the ternary compositions of 4:3:3 CGS/ePC/polar lipid, only CG increased the activity of liposomes as compared to that of liposomes from the 4:6 CGS/ePC. The preliminary incubation of CGS-containing liposomes with complement decreased hemolysis more effectively than incubation with other components of the hemolytic system. This suggests that the interaction of CGS-containing liposomes with the complement proteins is responsible for their antihemolytic activity.