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Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2003 Aug;13(4):453-66.

Membrane fusion: a structural perspective on the interplay of lipids and proteins.

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Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia, PO Box 800736, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0736, USA. lkt2e@virginia.edu

Abstract

The fusion of biological membranes is governed by the carefully orchestrated interplay of membrane proteins and lipids. Recently determined structures of fusion proteins, individual domains of fusion proteins and their complexes with regulatory proteins and membrane lipids have yielded much suggestive insight into how viral and intracellular membrane fusion might proceed. These structures may be combined with new knowledge on the fusion of pure lipid bilayer membranes in an attempt to begin to piece together the complex puzzle of how biological membrane fusion machines operate on membranes.

PMID:
12948775
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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