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BIS 104 PQ 14 fall 08 14. The lipid composition of biomembranes has a strong influence on the physical and physiological properties of membranes such as the plasma membrane of the cell. Among the membrane lipids, phospholipids play a major role in determining these properties. Briefly describe how each of the following lipid properties influence the nature of the plasma
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Unformatted text preview: membrane: a) Phospholipids are amphipathic. b) The carbon chain length of the fatty acid component of phospholipids can range from short (14 CH 2 - ) to relatively long (22 CH 2 -). c) The fatty acids can vary in their degree and pattern of saturation....
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