Membrane domains Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Membrane Microdomains

abstract

  • Considerable evidence shows that lateral inhomogeneities in lipid composition and physical properties exist in biological membranes. These membrane lipid domains are proposed to play important roles in processes such as signal transduction and membrane traffic. However, there is not at present an adequate description of the nature of these lipid domains in terms of their size, abundance, composition, or dynamics. We discuss the current analyses of the properties and function of membrane domains in cells and compare their properties with chemically simpler model membrane systems that can be understood in greater detail.

publication date

  • November 23, 2004

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1146/annurev.cellbio.20.010403.095451

PubMed ID

  • 15473862

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 839

end page

  • 66

volume

  • 20