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Heberle Lab Published in Data in Brief

Heberle Lab Published their research “Dataset of asymmetric giant unilamellar vesicles prepared via hemifusion: Observation of anti-alignment of domains and modulated phases in asymmetric bilayers” in Data in Brief.

The data provided with this paper are confocal fluorescence images of symmetric giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) and asymmetric giant unilamellar vesicles (aGUVs). In this work, aGUVs were prepared using the hemifusion method and are labelled with two different fluorescent dyes, named TFPC and DiD. Both dyes show strong preference for the liquid-disordered (Ld) phase instead of the liquid-ordered (Lo) phase. The partition of these dyes favoring the Ld phase leads to bright Ld phase and dark Lo phase domains in symmetric GUVs observed by fluorescence microscopy. In symmetric vesicles, the bright and the dark domains of the inner and the outer leaflets are aligned. In aGUVs, the fluorescent probe TFPC exclusively labels the aGUV outer leaflet.

Here, they show a dataset of fluorescence micrographs obtained using scanning fluorescence confocal microscopy. For the system chosen, the fluorescence signal of TFPC and DiD show anti-alignment of the brighter domains on aGUVs. Important for this dataset, TFPC and DiD have fluorescence emission centered in the green and far-red region of the visible spectra, respectively, and the dyes’ fluorescence emission bands do not overlap. This dataset were collected in the same conditions of the dataset reported in the co-submitted work (Enoki, et al. 2021) where most of aGUVs show domains alignment. In addition, they show micrographs of GUVs displaying modulated phases and macrodomains. They also compare the modulated phases observed in GUVs and aGUVs. For these datasets, they collected a sequence of micrographs using confocal microscopy varying the z-position, termed a z-stack. Images were collected in a scanning microscope Nikon Eclipse C2+ (Nikon Instruments, Melville, NY). Additional samples used to measure the lipid concentrations and to prepare GUVs with accurate lipid fractions are also provided with this paper.