The module will discuss the structure and function of biological membranes. The course will provide an introduction to the physic-chemical properties of lipid bilayers, before discussing processes involved in the insertion of integral membrane proteins into the lipid bilayer. The course will then move on to discuss two key areas. Firstly, the role of multi-domain cell surface proteins involved in cell recognition and secondly, the components of the electron-transport chain and its relation to energy transduction including an introduction to Mitchell’s chemi-osmotic hypothesis.
Pre-requisites: BIOL2010 OR BIOL2011