Physical Behaviour of Glycolipids in Bilayer Membranes: Distribution and Accessibility
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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.
KeywordsBilayer Membrane Wheat Germ Agglutinin Lipid Vesicle Rigid Domain Large Liposome
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