Selectivity of Membrane Proteins Towards Individual Phospholipids
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Lipids are a large and diverse group of naturally occurring organic molecules that include: fats; waxes; sterols; mono-, di-, and tri-glycerides; fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamins A, D, E, and K); and others. Dr. Laganowsky, a former CSU, Chico Biological Sciences major, discusses his revolutionary research methods for determining interaction at the atomic level between membrane proteins and the lipids called phospholipids. A variety of techniques, including x-ray crystallography, are required to observe the tiny interactions that take place. These techniques have developed a new approach to understanding the effects of lipid binding on membrane proteins.
Recorded: April 10, 2015