Ether lipids in biomembranes.

  title={Ether lipids in biomembranes.},
  author={Fritz Paltauf},
  journal={Chemistry and physics of lipids},
  volume={74 2},
Plasmalogens (1-O-1'-alkenyl-2-acylglycerophospholipids) and to a lesser extent the 1-O-alkyl analogs are ubiquitous and in some cases major constituents of mammalian cellular membranes and of anaerobic bacteria. In archaebacteria polar lipids of the cell envelope are either diphytanylglycerolipids or bipolar macrocyclic tetraether lipids capable of forming covalently linked 'bilayers'. Information on the possible role of ether lipids as membrane constituents has been obtained from studies on… CONTINUE READING


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