The Interaction of Bio-Molecules with Lipid Membranes Studied by X-ray Diffraction Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • AbstractFor the past 100 years, X-ray diffraction has been a powerful and indispensable tool to study the structure of matter. The challenge when studying molecular ordering in biological materials is their inherent disorder and strong fluctuations, which often suppress the formation of Bragg peaks. In the case of membranes, X-rays can detect molecules inside and confined between membranes. In this article we review examples to highlight the capabilities and accomplishments of X-ray scattering for the determination of membrane structure. X-ray diffraction gives quantitative information about partitioning of a small molecule, ethanol, in lipid bilayers. By taking amyloid-

publication date

  • January 28, 2014