Although model protocellular membranes consisting of monoacyl lipids are similar to membranes composed of contemporary diacyl lipids, they differ in at least one important aspect. Model protocellular membranes allow for the passage of polar solutes and thus can potentially support cell-to functions without the aid of transport machinery. The ability to transport polar molecules likely stems from increased lipid dynamics. Selectively permeable vesicle membranes composed of monoacyl lipids allow for many lifelike processes to emerge from a remarkably small set of molecules.

Membrane Transport in Primitive Cells / Mansy, Sheref Samir. - In: COLD SPRING HARBOR PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY. - ISSN 1943-0264. - ELETTRONICO. - 2:8(2010), p. a002188. [10.1101/cshperspect.a002188]

Membrane Transport in Primitive Cells

Mansy, Sheref Samir
2010-01-01

Abstract

Although model protocellular membranes consisting of monoacyl lipids are similar to membranes composed of contemporary diacyl lipids, they differ in at least one important aspect. Model protocellular membranes allow for the passage of polar solutes and thus can potentially support cell-to functions without the aid of transport machinery. The ability to transport polar molecules likely stems from increased lipid dynamics. Selectively permeable vesicle membranes composed of monoacyl lipids allow for many lifelike processes to emerge from a remarkably small set of molecules.
2010
8
Mansy, Sheref Samir
Membrane Transport in Primitive Cells / Mansy, Sheref Samir. - In: COLD SPRING HARBOR PERSPECTIVES IN BIOLOGY. - ISSN 1943-0264. - ELETTRONICO. - 2:8(2010), p. a002188. [10.1101/cshperspect.a002188]
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