Structure and Dynamics of the Liver Microsomal Monoxygenase System

  • Christoph Richter
  • Josef Gut
  • Barbara C. Kunz
Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 13)


Cell membranes regulate a variety of cellular processes ranging from permeability, transport, and excitability to intercellular interaction, morphological differentiation, and fusion. Numerous models have been advanced to characterize the organization of lipids and proteins in cell membranes. Today, there is substantial agreement on the “fluid mosaic” model (Singer and Nicholson, 1972), which emphasizes the dynamic behavior of the membrane components. Both lipids and proteins can undergo a variety of motions: rotational motion around the axis perpendicular to the plane of the membrane; lateral diffusion in the plane of the membrane; in addition, lipids can “flip-flop” (exchange from one monolayer to the other) and undergo trans-gauche conformational changes in the phospholipid acyl chains, which give rise to an increased segmental mobility toward the center of the bilayer. Since the fluid mosaic model has been proposed, its rather crude and generalizing picture has been filled with some details. The refined picture shows a dynamic membrane in which molecular associations are tightly controlled, and in which long-range lateral motions are surprisingly restricted.


Lipid Peroxidation Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Fluorescence Polarization Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching Rotational Diffusion 
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1-anilino-naphthlene sulfonate
















fluorescein isothiocyanate


fluorescence recovery after photobleaching

I-a, I-b, I-c, I-d

P-450 isozymes isolated from rat liver

LM-2, LM-4

P-450 isozymesisolated from rabbit liver


nuclear magnetic resonance


microsomal cytochrome P-450


P-450 isozyme isolated from rat liver


dipalmitoylphosphatidic acid








polyunsaturated fatty acid


polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis


saturation transfer EPR


temperature of the gel to liquid-crystalline phase transition


time-resolved spatial photometry


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Richter
    • 1
  • Josef Gut
    • 1
  • Barbara C. Kunz
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of BiochemistrySwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZürichSwitzerland

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