Structural and functional consequences of galactolipids on thylakoid membrane organization

  title={Structural and functional consequences of galactolipids on thylakoid membrane organization},
  author={Sallie G. Sprague},
  journal={Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes},
  • S. G. Sprague
  • Published 1987
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
Photosynthetic membranes of higher plant chloroplasts are composed primarily of polar, but uncharged, galactolipids unlike most mammalian membranes which contain large amounts of phosphatidylcholine. It is unclear what role(s) the galactolipids play in maintaining the differentiated thylakoid membranes, or in stabilizing the photosynthetically active enzyme complexes. Some of the membrane complexes show no lipid selectivity for maintaining structural or functional integrity. Others are poisoned… Expand
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