Volume 95 Issue 9 | pp. 18-20
Issue Date: February 27, 2017

Lipids affect the function of membrane proteins

Researchers use multiple methods to show that lipids are more than just the backdrop for membrane proteins
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: biological chemistry, structural biology, lipids, membrane proteins

Membrane proteins spend their time surrounded by lipids. For a long time, researchers thought those lipids didn’t really matter, that they were just a backdrop for the real players, an annoyance to be purified away before studying the proteins.

But that view is changing. “It doesn’t make any sense to disregard proteins’ direct environment,” says Cedric Govaerts, a biologist who studies membrane proteins at Université libre de Bruxelles. “It’s part of the picture. Why wouldn’t . . .

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