Receptor membrane diffusion

Katava, Marina (2009) Receptor membrane diffusion. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Apart from being an active biological structure, plasmalemma and other cell membranes separate intraplasmic space, which possess special features and purpose. Membranes are lipid bilayers with embedded proteins and function-specific structures. Liquid mosaic characteristics of membranes allow lipid flip-flops between leaflets and diffusion of lipids and proteins within one leaflet. Due to entropy-driven clustering of hydrophobic tails, lipids spontaneously form bilayer self-sealing membranes. Within the framework of this thesis, structural and functional interactions of membrane components were sought into with intention of coupling diffusion rate decrease with formation of molecular interactions between membrane (and cellular) components. Action potential formation and transmission is a complex interplay of neurone structure, diffusion and electrical properties of neurons. A variety of membrane diffusion models exists as a consequence of membrane omnipresence and variability.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Sunko, Denis K.
Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 17
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 12:23
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 15:47

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