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Membrane biophysics

Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biophysics, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-1855, USA.
Current Biology (Impact Factor: 9.57). 05/2006; 16(8):R272-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2006.03.050
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Membrane biophysics is a vast field, in which life uses all of the physical forces and laws to organize physiological processes. The simple physics of the phospholipid bilayer often dominates the structure of the membrane to provide compartmentalization of cellular space - proteins work within the constraints of the bilayer to catalyze lipid metabolism, bend membranes, transport impermeant substances, organize microdomains, and many other essential processes of life.

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