Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics

Research Article

Physical properties of the fluid lipid-bilayer component of cell membranes: a perspective

Myer Blooma1, Evan Evansa1a2 and Ole G. Mouritsena3

a1 Department of Physics, University of British Columbia, 6224 Agricultural Road, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z1

a2 Department of Pathology, University of British Columbia, Acute Care Unit, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z3.

a3 Department of Physical Chemistry and Department of Structural Properties of Materials, The Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark

The motivation for this review arises from the conviction that, as a result of the mass of experimental data and observations collected in recent years, the study of the physical properties of membranes is now entering a new stage of development. More and more, experiments are being designed to answer specific, detailed questions about membranes which will lead to a quantitative understanding of the way in which the physical properties of membranes are related to and influence their biological function.