We demonstrate a fluid–fluid phase separation in 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) membranes using a metal complex lipid of type [Mn(L1)] (1; HL1=1-(2-hydroxybenzamide)-2-(2-hydroxy-3-formyl-5-hexadecyloxybenzylideneamino)ethane). Small amount of 1 produces two separated domains in DMPC, whose phase transition temperatures of lipids (Tc) are both lower than that of the pristine DMPC. Variable temperature fluorescent microscopy for giant-unilamellar vesicles of DMPC/1 hybrids demonstrates that visible phase separations remain in fluid phases up to 37 °C, which is clearly over the Tc of DMPC. This provides a new dimension for the application of metal complex lipids toward controlling lipid distributions in fluid membranes.
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