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Characteristics of Membrane Glycerophospholipids


Glycerophospholipids, sometimes known simply as phospholipids, are the primary component of micelles and cell and organelle membranes. Phospholipids have several properties that make them ideal for membrane formation.

The reason phospholipids can form micelles and membrane bilayers is due to their

nature. The 'phospho' portion of a glycerophospholipid allows that portion of the glycerophospholipid to interact with

parts of another molecule.

Micelles are often formed by detergents that trap dirt and grease and carry them away because dirt and grease particles are generally