The Role of Detergents in Membrane Reconstitution

Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 14)


The study of amphiphilic molecules has a long and distinguished history, including Traube’s initial investigation of surface activity (1891), the introduction of the concept and term “micelle” by McBain (1913), and the first rigorous description of the solution properties of these important structures by Hartley (1936). It is unlikely that early workers in this field could have foreseen the impact their research would eventually have in the study of living systems. Consider, for example, a number of currently widespread experimental procedures.


Head Group Mixed Micelle Lipid Vesicle Polar Head Group Amphiphilic Molecule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

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