How can coacervates be formed of phospholipids or polypeptides?

8 months ago
Biology

Phospholipids are amphipathic molecules, i.e., they present a polar portion and a nonpolar portion. In contact with water these molecules tend to spontaneously unite and organize themselves forming membranes that create a closed interior space separated from the exterior environment.

Polypeptide chains in their turn can attract water (by electrical attraction) forming a surrounding water layer and also creating an organized structure with delimited interior space. 

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Dipti KC
May 27, 2023
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