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Membrane Structure and Function

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Cell Biology Learning Framework

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Membrane Structure and Function
How do varied membrane composition and the structural features of component macromolecules in different cells contribute to membrane function?
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  • Draw the structure of a lipid and explain how the structure allows a lipid bilayer to spontaneously assemble in an aqueous environment.
  • Explain the importance of membrane lipid and protein component structural asymmetries in membrane function.
  • Describe the process by which membranes grow, are turned over, or are absorbed.
  • Explain why different membranes have different lipid and protein constituents.
How do solutes and other materials move across membranes?
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  • Given a set of molecules of differing solubility in water, predict their relative rates of diffusion across a membrane bilayer.
  • Compare and contrast the properties and functions of channels and carriers.
  • Given data about the relative concentrations of solutes on both sides of a membrane, predict the direction of solute flow.
  • Design an experiment that distinguishes between different modes of crossing the membrane, such as diffusion, facilitated diffusion, active transport.

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