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X-ray diffraction studies of the structural organisation of prolamellar bodies isolated from Zea mays
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). (Eva Selstam)
1998 (English)In: FEBS Letters, ISSN 0014-5793, E-ISSN 1873-3468, Vol. 422, no 2, 252-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) indicates that maize prolamellar bodies (PLBs) are built up of tetrapodal units based on a highly convoluted but continuous lipid bilayer exhibiting diamond cubic (Fd3m) symmetry. Such lattices are often described in terms of infinite periodic minimal surfaces (IMPS) exhibiting zero net curvature and dividing the system into two identical subvolumes. IT so, X-ray diffraction measurements would bt: expected ci to index ore a double-diamond (Pn3m) lattice with a unit cell length half that of the TEM lattice. Our measurements index on a Fd3m lattice with a similar repeat distance to thr TEM images. The PLB membrane is thus inherently asymmetric, probably as the result of the distribution of membrane protein. (C) 1998 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

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1998. Vol. 422, no 2, 252-254 p.
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prolamellar body, X-ray diffraction, Schwartz surface, infinite minimal periodic surface, membrane organisation
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-44689ISI: 000071925200029OAI: diva2:428168
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