Cellsome® made from Cardiolipin Lipids

Size Cat no Lipid composition Liposome Size Price Quantity Subtotal
5-ml CAR-201 100% Cardiolipin (CL) $950.00
5-ml CAR-202 100% 18:1 Cardiolipin (TOCL) $950.00
5-ml CAR-203 100% 14:0 Cardiolipin (TMCL) $950.00
5-ml CAR-204 PC:CL (90:10 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-205 PC:CL (85:15 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-206 PC:CL (80:20 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-207 PC:CL (70:30 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-208 PC:CL (60:40 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-209 PC:CL (50:50 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-210 PC:CL (40:60 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-211 PC:CL (30:70 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-212 PC:CL (20:80 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-213 PC:CL (10:90 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-214 PC:CL (5:95 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-215 PC:CL (2:98 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-216 PC:CL (1:99 molar ratio) $950.00
5-ml CAR-217 PC:CL (0.5:99.5 molar ratio) $950.00
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Cardiolipin (CL) is a unique phospholipid with a very interesting chemical and specific ultrastructural characteristics. It is a highly acid dimer of phosphatidylglycerol (PG) and phosphatidic acid (PA), containing four acyl chains; three glycerols and two phosphate headgroups. Due to deprotonation of one of these phosphate groups, cardiolipin is negatively charged in physiological pH [1,2].

Cardiolipin (CL) is known as mitochondria-specific phospholipid since it is almost exclusively biosynthesized and located in the inner mitochondrial membranes. The name “cardiolipin” is derived from fact that it was first found and isolated from animal heart. Cardiolipin is considered to be intimately linked to mitochondrial bioenergetic process. It plays a functional role in mitochondrial membrane stability and dynamics, interacts with a number of inner mitochondrial membrane metabolite carriers, enzymes and proteins. During apoptosis in presence of H2O2, CL-bound Cytochrome c catalyzes the peroxidation of cardiolipin, releasing Cytochrome c, which is a death-inducing protein. CL peroxidation and depletion have important implications to age-related mitochondrial dysfunction, resulting in a number of pathophysiological conditions, such as hypo/hyperthyroid states [3-7], heart ischemia–reperfusion [8-12], nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [13], diabetes [14,15], Barth syndrome [16,17] and aging [18-21]. According Birk et al. [22], the main functions of cardiolipin are: “(i) to support spatial organization of mitochondrial cristae; (ii) to create the proton trap necessary for sustaining the proton gradient and ATP synthesis by the F0F1 ATP synthase; (iii) to act as a scaffold for assembly of respiratory complexes and super-complexes to facilitate optimal electron transfer among the redox partners.”

Extensive studies [23-29] of pharmacological, toxicological, and therapeutic effects have shown that the incorporation of doxorubicin in cardiolipin liposomes improved the antitumor activity of doxorubicin, while the histopathologic lesions in cardiac tissue of mice significantly decreased. It has been reported that cardiolipin-containing liposomes have lower (at least 2-fold lower than that observed with conventional doxorubicin) cardiotoxicity associated with doxorubicin by altering the pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of the drug in mice [29]. Also, it has been indicated that cardiolipin provides two types of binding possibility for drugs; one mostly exposed at the surface, and the other deeply buried in the membrane [30,31]. Hence, the cardiolipin-liposomes has been suggested as a convenient carrier for doxorubicin delivery to increase the therapeutic index of the drug [23].

Cardiolipin is a negatively charged lipid. Cellsome® made from cardiolipin lipid catalog containing many different types of saturated and unsaturated cardiolipin based liposomes made from 0.5 up to 100 percent of cardiolipin.

The structure of 18:1 cardiolipin molecule with an anionic headgroup. The fatty acid tail contains 18 carbon atoms and one unsaturated double bond.
The structure of 14:0 cardiolipin molecule with an anionic headgroup. The fatty acid tail is fully saturated and contains 14 carbon atoms and zero unsaturated double bond.

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Formulation Information

Cellsome® made from Cardiolipin Lipids

For more information on the lipid composition of the liposomes mentioned above click here.

Buffer and Liposome Size Specification
BufferPhosphate Buffered Saline*
Liposome size100 nm
* If you prefer different buffers, please specify in your order.

Liposome Particle Calculator

Cellsome®-Cardiolipin liposomes are unilamellar and sized to 100 nm. The molar concentration of liposome is 10 mM. By having the liposome diameter (nm) and lipid concentration (µM), you can calculate the total number of the lipids in one liposome and number of the liposomes in one milliliter of the liposome solution. To use the calculator click here.

Each 100-nm liposome is composed of almost 80,000 phospholipid molecules. 10 mM liposome solution (phospholipid concentration of 10 mM) has 75.2 trillion (75.2×1012) liposome particles per milliliter of the solution. When using the liposomes calculator, you need to keep two things in mind:

  1. Enter the concentration in µM. As an example, 10 mM solution is 10,000 µM.
  2. Only include the concentration of phospholipids in your calculation. Cholesterol does not count since it inserts itself into the hydrophobic fatty acid chains of the lipid.

This calculation only works for the unilamellar liposomes which are below 200 nm in size. It does not work for larger multilamellar liposomes. For more information about the calculation see the video below:


Technical Notes

  • Liposomes are unilamellar and sized to 100 nm. If you need them to be made in another size, then you should mention that at the time of ordering. Unilamellar liposomes can be made in 50 nm and 200 nm sizes. Liposomes that are larger than 200 nm are multilamellar structure.
  • Liposomes are made in PBS buffer at pH 7.4 but it can be made in any other buffer of your choice. You can specify your buffer at the time of ordering.
  • Liposomes are made in degassed buffer that is purged with argon to avoid oxidation of the unsaturated phospholipids.
  • Liposomes are made under sterile condition.
  • Liposomes are unilamellar and therefore due to their small size they will not settle in the bottom of the vial.
  • If you need to take multiple aliquots out of the vial, for use over a period of time, then it is advised to take extreme care in not contaminating the vial. It is recommended to handle the vial under a sterile hood to maintain the sterility of the product.
  • Liposomes should never be frozen. Ice crystals that form during freezing will rupture the lipid membrane of the liposomes and change the size the liposomes particles.
  • Liposomes should be kept in refrigerator at 4°C in order to avoid the hydrolysis of the liposomes.


Cellsome®-Cardiolipin is a white translucent liquid made of nano size unilamellar liposomes. Usually due to the small size of liposomes no settling will occur in the bottom of the vial. The liposomes are packaged in an amber vial.

Ordering/Shipping Information

  • All liposome based formulations are shipped on blue ice at 4°C in insulated packages using overnight shipping or international express shipping.
  • Liposomes should NEVER be frozen. Ice crystals that form in the lipid membrane can rupture the membrane and change the size of the liposomes. Liposomes in liquid form should always be kept in the refrigerator.
  • Clients who order from outside of the United States of America are responsible for their government import taxes and customs paperwork. Encapsula NanoSciences is NOT responsible for importation fees to countries outside of the United States of America.
  • We strongly encourage the clients in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China to order via a distributor. Tough customs clearance regulations in these countries will cause delay in custom clearance of these perishable formulations if ordered directly through us. Distributors can easily clear the packages from customs. To see the list of the distributors click here.
  • Clients ordering from universities and research institutes in Australia should keep in mind that the liposome formulations are made from synthetic material and the formulations do not require a “permit to import quarantine material”. Liposomes are NOT biological products.
  • If you would like your institute’s FedEx or DHL account to be charged for shipping, then please provide the account number at the time of ordering.
  • Encapsula NanoSciences has no control over delays due to inclement weather or customs clearance delays. You will receive a FedEx or DHL tracking number once your order is confirmed. Contact FedEx or DHL in advance and make sure that the paperwork for customs is done on time. All subsequent shipping inquiries should be directed to Federal Express or DHL.

Storage and Shelf Life


Cellsome® products should always be stored at in the dark at 4°C, except when brought to room temperature for brief periods prior to animal dosing. DO NOT FREEZE. If the suspension is frozen, the encapsulated drug can be released from the liposomes thus limiting its effectiveness. In addition, the size of the liposomes will also change upon freezing and thawing.

Shelf Life

Cellsome®-Cardiolipin is made on daily basis. The batch that is shipped is manufactured on the same day. It is advised to use the products within 4 months of the manufacturing date.

References and background reading

1. Gonzalvez F, Gottlieb E. Cardiolipin: setting the beat of apoptosis. Apoptosis. 2007 May 1;12(5):877-85.

2. Paradies G, Paradies V, De Benedictis V, Ruggiero FM, Petrosillo G. Functional role of cardiolipin in mitochondrial bioenergetics. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Bioenergetics. 2014 Apr 1;1837(4):408-17.

3. Paradies G, Ruggiero FM. Enhanced activity of the tricarboxylate carrier and modification of lipids in hepatic mitochondria from hyperthyroid rats. Archives of biochemistry and biophysics. 1990 May 1;278(2):425-30.

4. G. Paradies, F.M. Ruggiero, Stimulation of phosphate transport in rat-liver mitochondria by thyroid hormones, Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1019 (1990) 133–136.

5. Paradies G, Ruggiero FM, Dinoi P. The influence of hypothyroidism on the transport of phosphate and on the lipid composition in rat-liver mitochondria. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Biomembranes. 1991 Nov 18;1070(1):180-6.

6. Paradies G, Ruggiero FM, Petrosillo G, Quagliariello E. Stimulation of carnitine acylcarnitine translocase activity in heart mitochondria from hyperthyroid rats. FEBS letters. 1996 Nov 18;397(2-3):260-2.

7. Hostetler KY. Effect of thyroxine on the activity of mitochondrial cardiolipin synthase in rat liver. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Lipids and Lipid Metabolism. 1991 Oct 15;1086(1):139-40.

8. Paradies G, Petrosillo G, Pistolese M, Di Venosa N, Federici A, Ruggiero FM. Decrease in mitochondrial complex I activity in ischemic/reperfused rat heart: involvement of reactive oxygen species and cardiolipin. Circulation research. 2004 Jan 9;94(1):53-9.

9. Petrosillo G, Di Venosa N, Pistolese M, Casanova G, Tiravanti E, Colantuono G, Federici A, Paradies G, Ruggiero FM. Protective effect of melatonin against mitochondrial dysfunction associated with cardiac ischemia-reperfusion: role of cardiolipin. The FASEB journal. 2006 Feb 1;20(2):269-76.

10. Paradies G, Petrosillo G, Pistolese M, Di Venosa N, Serena D, Ruggiero FM. Lipid peroxidation and alterations to oxidative metabolism in mitochondria isolated from rat heart subjected to ischemia and reperfusion. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 1999 Jul 1;27(1-2):42-50.

11. Petrosillo G, Colantuono G, Moro N, Ruggiero FM, Tiravanti E, Di Venosa N, Fiore T, Paradies G. Melatonin protects against heart ischemia-reperfusion injury by inhibiting mitochondrial permeability transition pore opening. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2009 Oct 1;297(4):H1487-93.

12. Petrosillo G, Ruggiero FM, Di Venosa N, Paradies G. Decreased complex III activity in mitochondria isolated from rat heart subjected to ischemia and reperfusion: role of reactive oxygen species and cardiolipin. The FASEB Journal. 2003 Apr 1;17(6):714-6.

13. Petrosillo G, Portincasa P, Grattagliano I, Casanova G, Matera M, Ruggiero FM, Ferri D, Paradies G. Mitochondrial dysfunction in rat with nonalcoholic fatty liver: involvement of complex I, reactive oxygen species and cardiolipin. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Bioenergetics. 2007 Oct 1;1767(10):1260-7.

14. Han X, Yang J, Cheng H, Yang K, Abendschein DR, Gross RW. Shotgun lipidomics identifies cardiolipin depletion in diabetic myocardium linking altered substrate utilization with mitochondrial dysfunction. Biochemistry. 2005 Dec 20;44(50):16684-94.

15. Han X, Yang J, Yang K, Zhao Z, Abendschein DR, Gross RW. Alterations in myocardial cardiolipin content and composition occur at the very earliest stages of diabetes: a shotgun lipidomics study. Biochemistry. 2007 May 29;46(21):6417-28.

16. Schlame M, Ren M. Barth syndrome, a human disorder of cardiolipin metabolism. FEBS letters. 2006 Oct 9;580(23):5450-5.

17. Vreken P, Valianpour F, Nijtmans LG, Grivell LA, Plecko B, Wanders RJ, Barth PG. Defective remodeling of cardiolipin and phosphatidylglycerol in Barth syndrome. Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 2000 Dec 20;279(2):378-82.

18. Paradies G, Petrosillo G, Paradies V, Ruggiero FM. Oxidative stress, mitochondrial bioenergetics, and cardiolipin in aging. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 2010 May 15;48(10):1286-95.

19. Paradies G, Petrosillo G, Paradies V, Ruggiero FM. Mitochondrial dysfunction in brain aging: role of oxidative stress and cardiolipin. Neurochemistry international. 2011 Mar 1;58(4):447-57.

20. Paradies G, Paradies V, Ruggiero FM, Petrosillo G. Changes in the mitochondrial permeability transition pore in aging and age-associated diseases. Mechanisms of ageing and development. 2013 Jan 1;134(1-2):1-9.

21. Petrosillo G, Matera M, Moro N, Ruggiero FM, Paradies G. Mitochondrial complex I dysfunction in rat heart with aging: critical role of reactive oxygen species and cardiolipin. Free Radical Biology and Medicine. 2009 Jan 1;46(1):88-94.

22. Birk AV, Chao WM, Bracken C, Warren JD, Szeto HH. Targeting mitochondrial cardiolipin and the cytochrome c/cardiolipin complex to promote electron transport and optimize mitochondrial ATP synthesis. British journal of pharmacology. 2014 Apr 1;171(8):2017-28.

23. Daoud SS, Hume LR, Juliano RL. Liposomes in cancer therapy. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. 1989 May 1;3(3):405-18.

24. Rahman A, Fumagalli A, Barbieri B, Schein PS, Casazza AM. Antitumor and toxicity evaluation of free doxorubicin and doxorubicin entrapped in cardiolipin liposomes. Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology. 1986 Jan 1;16(1):22-7.

25. Rahman A, Fumagalli A, Goodman A, Schein PS. Potential of liposomes to ameliorate anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. InSeminars in oncology 1984 Dec 1 (Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 45-55). Elsevier.

26. Rahman A, Kessler A, More N, Sikic B, Rowden G, Woolley P, Schein PS. Liposomal protection of adriamycin-induced cardiotoxicity in mice. Cancer research. 1980 May 1;40(5):1532-7.

27. Rahman A, More N, Schein PS. Doxorubicin-induced chronic cardiotoxicity and its protection by liposomal administration. Cancer research. 1982 May 1;42(5):1817-25.

28. Rahman A, White G, More N, Schein PS. Pharmacological, toxicological, and therapeutic evaluation in mice of doxorubicin entrapped in cardiolipin liposomes. Cancer research. 1985 Feb;45(2):796-803.

29. Rahman AM, Yusuf SW, Ewer MS. Anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity and the cardiac-sparing effect of liposomal formulation. International journal of nanomedicine. 2007 Dec;2(4):567.

30. Karczmar GS, Tritton TR. The interaction of adriamycin with small unilamellar vesicle liposomes. A fluorescence study. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Biomembranes. 1979 Nov 2;557(2):306-19.

31. Henry N, Fantine EO, Bolard J, Garnier-Suillerot A. Interaction of adriamycin with negatively charged model membranes: evidence of two types of binding sites. Biochemistry. 1985 Dec 1;24(25):7085-92.

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