Résumé : The structure of the pore-forming domain of the bacterial toxin colicin A was studied by attenuated total-reflection polarized Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. This channel-forming fragment interacts with dimyristoylglycerophosphoglycerol (Myr2GroPGro) vesicles and forms disk-like complexes. Analysis of the shape of the amide I' band indicates that its secondary structure is not affected by the pH 5.0-7.2. However, 5-10% of the peptide amino acids adopt an alpha-helical structure upon complex formation with Myr2GroPGro, while the random-coil and beta-sheet structure contents decrease. Interestingly, the increase in alpha-helical content is essentially due to an increase in the high-frequency component of the alpha-helical domain of amide I'. The fact that only this component was 90 degrees polarized (i.e. the helix is parallel to the acyl chain) suggests that only this particular type of helix is associated with the Myr2GroPGro bilayer.