DYNAMIC MEMBRANE REMODELING
One of the cell's most important adaptions.
Membrane Remodeling
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CELLS ARE DEFINED BY THEIR MEMBRANES
Most of what we see when we look at pictures of cells is membranes!
Membranes are important because they allow cells to interact with their environment and separate parts of the cell from each other. Without these separate compartments, cells could not function as efficiently, and eukaryotic cells could not function at all. Just a small amount of leakage from some organelle membranes is enough to cause cell death.
MEMBRANES ARE DEFINED BY THEIR LIPIDS
And their proteins and other components, of course. But lipids are the part which is usually most responsible for determining fluidity, rigidity, and the ability of the membrane to fold flexibly.
They can be thought of like membrane building blocks:
Membrane Pic
CHANGES TO LIPID CONTENT OR DISTRIBUTION CHANGE MEMBRANE PROPERTIES
Altering a single gene can dramatically affect stress tolerance Mutant Plants These plants have attempted to recover from the same freezing treatment, administered simultaneously.
We study changes to membrane building blocks in plants to better understand the important roles of membranes in stress resistance and crop health.