Physical Properties of Biological Membranes and Their Functional Implications

  • Cecilia Hidalgo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Cecilia Hidalgo
    Pages 1-2
  3. D. Marsh
    Pages 123-145
  4. Sergio Verjovski-Almeida, Eleonora Kurtenbach
    Pages 177-209
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-236

About this book


This book was originated from a series of lectures given in a course on the physical properties of biological membranes and their functional implica­ tions. The course was intended to allow students to get acquainted with the physical techniques used to study biological membranes. The experience was valuable and we feel that a detailed description of the procedures used and of various examples of the results obtained allowed many students to become familiar with a theme that is not often part of regular courses on membrane physiology or biophysics. This book is designed as a tutorial guide for graduate students interested in understanding how physical methods can be utilized to study the proper­ ties of biological membranes. It includes first a detailed description of applications of physical techniques-such as X-ray fiber diffraction methods (Chapter 1), 2H and 13C NMR spectroscopy (Chapter 2), and calorimetry (Chapter 3)-in the study of the properties of lipid model membranes. A description of how to measure molecular mobility in membranes (Chapter 4) follows, and the book concludes with three chapters in which biological membranes are the subject of study. Chapter 5 deals with the acetylcholine receptor and its membrane environment; Chapter 6 discusses how fluorescence techniques can be applied in the study of the calcium ATPase of sarcoplasmic reticulum; and Chapter 7 explains how protein­ lipid interactions modulate the function of the sodium and proton pumps.


ATP ATPase Calcium Lipid X-ray fluorescence primary structure spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Cecilia Hidalgo
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Estudios Científicos de SantiagoSantiagoChile

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8253-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0935-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-571X
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