The most abundant class of lipid1

The most abundant class of lipid1 - The Bilayer The...

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The most abundant class of lipid molecule found in cell membranes is the phospholipid. The phospholipid molecule's polar head group contains a phosphate group. It also sports two nonpolar fatty acid chain groups as its tail. The fatty acid tail is composed of a string of carbons and hydrogens. It has a kink in one of the chains because of its double-bond structure.
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Unformatted text preview: The Bilayer The phospholipids organize themselves in a bilayer to hide their hydrophobic tail regions and expose the hydrophilic regions to water. This organization is spontaneous, meaning it is a natural process and does not require energy. This structure forms the layer that is the wall between the inside and outside of the cell....
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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