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Po-Chao Wen, Paween Mahinthichaichan, Noah Trebesch, Tao Jiang, Zhiyu Zhao, Eric Shinn, Mrinal Shekhar Yuhang Wang, Karan Kapoor, Chun Kit Chan, and Emad Tajkhorshid. Microscopic view of lipids and their diverse biological functions. Current Opinion in Structural Biology, 51:177-186, 2018.

WEN2018-ET Biological membranes and their diverse lipid constituents play key roles in a broad spectrum of cellular and physiological processes. Characterization of membrane-associated phenomena at a microscopic level is therefore essential to our fundamental understanding of such processes. Due to the semi-fluid and dynamic nature of lipid bilayers, and their complex compositions, detailed characterization of biological membranes at an atomic scale has been refractory to experimental approaches. Computational modeling and simulation offer a highly complementary toolset with sufficient spatial and temporal resolutions to fill this gap. Here, we review recent molecular dynamics studies focusing on the diversity of lipid composition of biological membranes, or aiming at the characterization of lipid-protein interaction, with the overall goal of dissecting how lipids impact biological roles of the cellular membranes.


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