Amphipathic

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A term that describes something which is both [[Hydrophillic|hydrophillic]] (water-loving) and [[Hydrophobic|hydrophobic]] (water-hating).  
 
A term that describes something which is both [[Hydrophillic|hydrophillic]] (water-loving) and [[Hydrophobic|hydrophobic]] (water-hating).  
  
Amphipathic molecules are most thermodynamically stable with their [https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/index.php/Hydrophilic hydrophilic] (polar) regions extending into [https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/index.php/Aqueous aqueous] environments and their [https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/index.php/Hydrophobic hydrophobic] (non-polar) regions being sheilded away from aqueous environments. This is the theroy behind the basic arrangement of the [https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/index.php/Phospholipid_bilayer phospholipid bilayer] as well as the way that [https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/index.php/Protein proteins] fold into their [https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/index.php/Tertiary_Protein_Structure tertiary] and [https://teaching.ncl.ac.uk/bms/wiki/index.php/Quaternary_structure quaternary structures]<ref>Berg JM, Tymoczko JL, Gatto GJ, Stryder L. Biochemistry. 8th Ed, New York: W. H. Freeman and Company. 2015. p46-47.</ref>.  
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Amphipathic molecules are most thermodynamically stable with their [[hydrophilic|hydrophilic]] (polar) regions extending into [[aqueous|aqueous]] environments and their [[hydrophobic|hydrophobic]] (non-polar) regions being sheilded away from aqueous environments. This is the theroy behind the basic arrangement of the [[phospholipid bilayer|phospholipid bilayer]] as well as the way that [[proteins|proteins]] fold into their [[tertiary|tertiary]] and [[quaternary structures|quaternary structures]]<ref>Berg JM, Tymoczko JL, Gatto GJ, Stryder L. Biochemistry. 8th Ed, New York: W. H. Freeman and Company. 2015. p46-47.</ref>.  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:26, 1 December 2016

A term that describes something which is both hydrophillic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-hating).

Amphipathic molecules are most thermodynamically stable with their hydrophilic (polar) regions extending into aqueous environments and their hydrophobic (non-polar) regions being sheilded away from aqueous environments. This is the theroy behind the basic arrangement of the phospholipid bilayer as well as the way that proteins fold into their tertiary and quaternary structures[1].

References

  1. Berg JM, Tymoczko JL, Gatto GJ, Stryder L. Biochemistry. 8th Ed, New York: W. H. Freeman and Company. 2015. p46-47.
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