Physical Behaviour of Glycolipids in Bilayer Membranes: Distribution and Accessibility

  • Mark W. Peters
  • Chris W. M. Grant
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 174)


A major concern of our laboratory has been to fit glycolipids into a realistic picture of the eukaryote cell membrane. This problem actually consists of a number of smaller problems including: behaviour of the ceramide backbone in a lipid bilayer, headgroup behaviour, interaction with other membrane components, distribution, and function as receptors. Here we describe our recent attempt to isolate 2 such problems: glycolipid distribution in bilayers, and the source of glycolipid crypticity. The reader is referred to Figure 1 for an illustration of the concepts involved.


Bilayer Membrane Wheat Germ Agglutinin Lipid Vesicle Rigid Domain Large Liposome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark W. Peters
    • 1
  • Chris W. M. Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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