An Introduction to Biological Membranes

From Bilayers to Rafts


  • William Stillwell, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A.

An Introduction to Biological Membranes: From Bilayers to Rafts covers many aspects of membrane structure/function that bridges membrane biophysics and cell biology. Offering cohesive, foundational information, this publication is valuable for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and membranologists who seek a broad overview of membrane science.
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Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers in biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and biophysics.


Book information

  • Published: May 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52153-8


"Stillwell…presents a textbook that discusses many aspects of membrane structure and function and bridges membrane biophysics and cell biology without delving into technical matters only specialists can understand. He writes primarily for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, but suggests that even specialists in some aspect of membranes might appreciate a broad overview of the whole field."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. Introduction to Biological Membranes

CHAPTER 2. Membrane History

CHAPTER 3. Water and the Hydrophobic Effect

CHAPTER 4. Membrane Lipids: Fatty Acids

CHAPTER 5. Membrane Polar Lipids

CHAPTER 6. Membrane Proteins

CHAPTER 7. Membrane Sugars

CHAPTER 8. From Lipid Bilayers to Lipid Rafts

CHAPTER 9. Basic Membrane Properties of the Fluid Mosaic Model

CHAPTER 10. Lipid Membrane Properties

CHAPTER 11. Long-Range Membrane Properties

CHAPTER 12. Membrane Isolation Methods

CHAPTER 13. Membrane Reconstitution

CHAPTER 14. Membrane Transport

CHAPTER 15. Membranes and Human Health

Appendix A. Chronology of Membrane Studies