Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of the Phospholipid Bilayer Membrane

  • S. I. Chan
  • D. F. Bocian
  • N. O. Petersen
Part of the Molecular Biology Biochemistry and Biophysics book series (MOLECULAR, volume 31)

Abstract

The cell membrane has been the focus of much recent biochemical and biophysical research, primarily because of its role in cellular phenomena. Numerous efforts have been directed toward determining the motional state of the lipid components of the membrane, the motivation being the contention that the lipid bilayer is the basic matrix in which membrane proteins are embedded to form the biological membrane. As such, it is likely that such diverse phenomena as maintenance of ionic gradients and transmembrane potentials, activities of membrane-bound enzymes, interactions between membrane proteins, transmembrane signal transmission, intercellular communication, and manifestations of cellular development and cell transformation all depend on the structure and fluidity of the lipid bilayer.

Keywords

Cholesterol Anisotropy Manifold Torque Hydrocarbon 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. I. Chan
    • 1
  • D. F. Bocian
    • 1
  • N. O. Petersen
    • 1
  1. 1.A.A. Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics (Contribution No. 5853)California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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