Lipids and proteins are important functional and structural components of living organisms. Although proteins are frequently found as soluble components of plasma or the cell cytoplasm, many lipids, are much less soluble and separate into complex assemblies that usually contain proteins. Cell membranes and plasma lipoproteins are two important macromolecular assemblies that contain both lipids and proteins. Several models of artificial membranes and lipoproteins have evolved. A schematic representation of each of these models is shown. All of these models can be prepared with varying amounts of free cholesterol so that the effects of this important component of membranes and lipoproteins can be easily evaluated.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, WA, USA|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1987|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Condensed Matter Physics