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Curr Opin Cell Biol. 1995 Oct;7(5):707-14.

New insights into membrane dynamics from the analysis of cell surface interactions by physical methods.

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Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599-3290, USA.


The physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the cell surface can be probed using a variety of microscopy-based techniques. The movements of membrane components are currently being characterized, and recent experiments have begun to define the structural origins of these modes of transport at a molecular level. However, explicit relationships between new knowledge of membrane structure and complex, linked functions, such as signal transduction and adhesion, remain elusive.

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