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Nanoscopic lipid domains determined by microscopy and neutron scattering

by Charles P Collier, Dmitry Bolmatov, James G Elkins, John Katsaras
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127 to 135

Biological membranes are highly complex supramolecular assemblies, which play central roles in biology. However, their complexity makes them challenging to study their nanoscale structures. To overcome this challenge, model membranes assembled using reduced sets of membrane-associated biomolecules have been found to be both excellent and tractable proxies for biological membranes. Due to their relative simplicity, they have been studied using a range of biophysical characterization techniques. In this review article, we will briefly detail the use of fluorescence and electron microscopies, and X-ray and neutron scattering techniques used over the past few decades to study the nanostructure of biological membranes.