Dynamics of Biological Macromolecules by Neutron Scattering

Dynamics of Model Membranes

Author(s): Francesca Natali, Marcus Trapp

Pp: 36-46 (11)

Doi: 10.2174/978160805219611101010036

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)

Abstract

Biological membranes are complex multicomponent systems whose dynamics and structure provide their physiological function. Many parameters interplay to determine the membrane flexibility; among them, lipid composition, lipid-protein interaction, hydration, temperature etc.

We provide here a tentative overview of recent successful neutron scattering experiments on different oriented model membranes, with the aim to demonstrate the many unique advantages that elastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering offer for the investigation of membrane dynamics.

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