Lipids and Biomembranes

ID #1073

Does increasing the amount of glycolipids and glycoproteins increase fluidity in a phospholipid membrane?

Glycolipids don't appreciably change fluidity, since the sugar groups aren't physically part of the lipid bilayer. A transmembrane glycoprotein would have the same effect as cholesterol but on a much larger scale, because it affects the interactions that are possible in neighboring fatty acids.

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