Identification and characterization of kink motifs in 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl- phosphatidylcholines: a molecular mechanics study.

@article{Li1994IdentificationAC,
  title={Identification and characterization of kink motifs in 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl- phosphatidylcholines: a molecular mechanics study.},
  author={Shi-sheng Li and H. N. Lin and Zheng-huan Wang and C H Huang},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  year={1994},
  volume={66 6},
  pages={2005-18}
}
As a cis carbon-carbon double bond (delta) is introduced into the middle of an isolated all-trans hydrocarbon chain, it can be shown by molecular graphics that this delta-bond makes a bend of 130 degrees in the chain axis, thus producing a boomerang-like conformation. Such a bent structure, indeed, has been detected experimentally for oleic acid by x-ray crystallography (Abrahamson and Ryderstedt-Nahringbaur, 1962). Membrane diacyl phospholipids are largely mixed-chain lipids containing a… CONTINUE READING

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