The lipid bilayer is one of the most eloquent and important self-assembled structures in nature. Phospholipid bilayers closely resemble cell membranes in some key respects.
Solid supported lipid bilayers provide an excellent model system for studying the surface chemistry of the cell. Moreover, they are accessible to a wide variety of surface-specific analytical techniques. This makes it possible to investigate processes such as cell signaling, ligand–receptor interactions, enzymatic reactions occurring at the cell surface, as well as pathogen attack.
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Niels Bohr Institute
University of Copenhagen
Membrane Biophysics group
Researcher ID F-5115-2014
10 September 2014
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