Explain structure and function of phospholipids?

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Jul 10, 2018

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Phosopholipids! First, let's break down this word. That always helps in understanding things in biology. We have the prefix, Phospho- meaning phosphorus. As you might suspect, phospholipids contain phosphorus! Okay, now lipids. The other end of the word.

If you've learned about lipids, you'll know that they are fats and oils. This means that they are big, and can act as barriers almost! (If you can see where I'm going with this! :) ) Often, they're the cell walls of bacteria! They're known as Phospholipid bilayers. As we talked about before, lipids are big, which helps make these bilayers semi-permiable, meaning that some materials can pass through while others cannot.

This is a brief summary of a whole picture, so there's a lot to learn, but this is kind of the basis for your question!