Hybrid lipids as a biological surface-active component.

@article{Brewster2009HybridLA,
  title={Hybrid lipids as a biological surface-active component.},
  author={Robert Brewster and Phillip A Pincus and Samuel A. Safran},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={97 4},
  pages={1087-94}
}
Cell membranes contain small domains (on the order of nanometers in size, sometimes called rafts) of lipids whose hydrocarbon chains are more ordered than those of the surrounding bulk-phase lipids. Whether these domains are fluctuations, metastable, or thermodynamically stable, is still unclear. Here, we show theoretically how a lipid with one saturated hydrocarbon chain that prefers the ordered environment and one partially unsaturated chain that prefers the less ordered phase, can act as a… CONTINUE READING

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