Molecular graphic of membrane phospholipid bilayer

Molecular graphic of membrane phospholipid bilayer

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Caption: Phospholipid bilayer. Molecular graphic of the phospholipid bilayer that forms the membrane around all living cells. The cell membrane is made of phospholipid molecules, each of which has a hydrophilic (soluble in water) and hydrophobic (insoluble in water) end. The hydrophobic part of the phospholipid is a fatty acid chain, shown here in blue. The molecules line up in two sheets, with the fatty acid chains forming a hydrophobic layer in the middle. The hydrophilic surface on both sides of the membrane, shown here in yellow and white, is the point of contact for molecules leaving or entering the cell.

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Keywords: amphipathic lipid bilayer, biological, biology, cell membrane, cell structure, cytology, lipid bilayer, membrane, microbiology, molec graphic, molec. graphic, phospholipid bilayer, plasma membrane

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