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      Functional rafts in cell membranes

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          Abstract

          A new aspect of cell membrane structure is presented, based on the dynamic clustering of sphingolipids and cholesterol to form rafts that move within the fluid bilayer. It is proposed that these rafts function as platforms for the attachment of proteins when membranes are moved around inside the cell and during signal transduction.

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          Journal
          Nature
          Nature
          Springer Science and Business Media LLC
          0028-0836
          1476-4687
          June 1997
          June 5 1997
          June 1997
          : 387
          : 6633
          : 569-572
          Article
          10.1038/42408
          9177342
          bbe9ab8d-7694-4e60-8228-be77286f90f7
          © 1997

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