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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2001 Jul;2(7):504-13.

How proteins move lipids and lipids move proteins.

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Department of Cell Biology and Histology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, PO Box 22700, 1100 DE Amsterdam.

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  • Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 2001 Sep;2(9):698.


Cells determine the bilayer characteristics of different membranes by tightly controlling their lipid composition. Local changes in the physical properties of bilayers, in turn, allow membrane deformation, and facilitate vesicle budding and fusion. Moreover, specific lipids at specific locations recruit cytosolic proteins involved in structural functions or signal transduction. We describe here how the distribution of lipids is directed by proteins, and, conversely, how lipids influence the distribution and function of proteins.

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