Lipid polymorphism and the roles of lipids in membranes.

  title={Lipid polymorphism and the roles of lipids in membranes.},
  author={Pieter R Cullis and Michael J. Hope and C P Tilcock},
  journal={Chemistry and physics of lipids},
  volume={40 2-4},
The reasons for lipid diversity in membranes are not understood. Here we review evidence supporting the proposal that factors related to the polymorphic capabilities of lipids provide a rationale for lipid diversity. In particular, the ability of lipids to adopt different polymorphic phases appears to be related to a generalized shape property, where lipids with a cylindrical geometry preferentially adopt the bilayer phase whereas 'cone' shaped lipids adopt the hexagonal HII phase. Lipid… CONTINUE READING

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