Pretty Picture of Messy Membranes

Posted on Jul 20, 2011

I’ve been reading the biophysics literature on lipids in preparation for the defense, particularly in connection to phase transitions, transient pores, and lipid ion channels.  If you’re at all interested in membrane transport, you’ll find Heimburg 2010 and Salgado 2011 fascinating.

I’ve long known that lipid membranes are messy, but I had not came across a clean distribution profile of the messiness until today.  The original, however, was in 7 shades of gray that even my eyes can’t tell what was going on.  After sketching out for myself what it would look like (and some iterations of cleaning up) we ended with a pretty sweet poster of lipid EDP:

If you’re looking to print this out, you should do that from the PDF print linked below.

  • Rahulraghavantv

    blog is interesting…

    • Jon

      Merci. Been on the road for a few months. More chemistry stuff to come – the specific two lipid-related one is an illustrated version of my dissertation (which probably only my friends would be interested, haha), and then a history of our understanding of lipids from cells under microscope to rafts and domains.