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Membrane Dynamics

  1. Lukas K Tamm1,
  2. Volker Kiessling2,
  3. Michael L Wagner3

Published Online: 22 MAR 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001263

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How to Cite

Tamm, L. K., Kiessling, V. and Wagner, M. L. 2002. Membrane Dynamics. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

  2. 2

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

  3. 3

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 MAR 2002

Abstract

Biological membranes are fluid dynamic closed structures that separate the inside from the outside of cells and compartments within cells. Proteins are inserted into random or more organized regions of a bimolecular ordered fluid film of lipids, where they display different degrees of motion within the plane of the membrane, but almost no (flip-flop) motion across the lipid bilayer.

Keywords:

  • lipid bilayer;
  • membrane fluidity;
  • lipid domains;
  • single molecule tracking