The Significance of Protein and Lipid Mobility for Catalytic Activity in the Mitochondrial Membrane

  • Heinz Schneider
  • Charles R. Hackenbrock


The growing knowledge of the properties and interactions of membrane lipids and proteins permits a better understanding of the role of these components in membrane structure and function. Although a generally complete picture is still lacking, it is becoming increasingly clear that diffusional and rotational motion of membrane lipids and proteins are associated with some membrane functions. Clearly, such motion is a force favoring randomization of lipids and proteins in the plane of the membrane. Although motion and randomization may occur, the principle of structural order is satisfied with a polar lipid bilayer providing for precise orientation of integral and peripheral proteins relative to the membrane plane.


Electron Transfer Membrane Lipid Bilayer Electron Transfer Rate Lateral Separation Integral Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz Schneider
    • 1
  • Charles R. Hackenbrock
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Laboratories for Cell BiologyUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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