Can regular solution theory be applied to lipid bilayer membranes?
Direct measurement of the partition coefficient of n-hexane into phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylcholine-cholesterol bilayers showed that (a) isotropic liquids are not good models for lipid bilayers and (b), Regular Solution Theory cannot, in general, be applied to lipid bilayer membranes at temperatures above their phase transition. Theoretical and experimental evidence given.
Simon, SA; Stone, WL; Bennett, PB
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