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The Anatomy of Biological Interfaces

  • J. David Robertson

Abstract

It is generally recognized that biological membranes have a common, basic lipid bilayer structure(1–5) which contains external, internal, and transmembrane proteins(6) with chemical asymmetry as a fundamental feature(7,8); the asymmetry involves both lipids and proteins (see Rothman and Lenard(9) and Robertson(10,11) for recent reviews). Certain glycoproteins such as glycophorin in erythrocyte membranes(12,13) are arranged with a protein moiety in the internal leaflet connected to a glycoprotein moiety in the external leaflet.(14) In the case of glycophorin, the internal and external parts are connected by a stretch of hydrophobic amino acid residues traversing the bilayer probably as an α helix.

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Lipid Bilayer Unit Membrane Purple Membrane Intramembrane Particle Lens Fiber Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. David Robertson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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