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New Look at Cell Membrane Reveals Surprising Organization
January 28, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.A look directly at the cell membrane is changing our understanding of its organization. Using a completely new approach to imaging cell membranes, a study by researchers at the University of Illinois, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the National Institutes of Health revealed surprising relationships among membrane molecules. Sphingolipids are thought to form small microdomains in the membrane, but the new technique showed that they cluster together to form much larger patches.Full Story
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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