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Dr. Chris Loewen
Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences

Membrane Contact Sites and Lipid Traffic

Lipids play important roles in all cells. They differ from many other hydrophilic biological molecules in that they are hydrophobic and do not mix in the aqueous environment of cells. In this way they can function to separate the cell from the outside environment and also divide the cell into distinct compartments, called organelles. Compartmentalisation by organelles is critical for carrying out different cellular processes.

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