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Curr Biol. 2000 May 18;10(10):R377-80.

Membrane lipids: it's only a phase.

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  • 1Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO 16 7PX, UK.


All biological membranes contain lipids that prefer to adopt a non-bilayer phase. Recent results suggest that, in the thylakoid membrane, membrane proteins force all the lipids to adopt a bilayer structure, and that the non-bilayer-forming lipids in the thylakoid membrane serve to drive the formation of membrane stacks.

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