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Cell membrane constitution and characteristics

What sorts of member molecules may be distributed asymmetrically? Why does it make sense for certain components of membranes to be asymmetrically distributed? Give specific examples. How can a membrane maintain asymmetry despite its fluid consistency?

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Glycolipids, glycoproteins, and carbohydrates are distributed asymmetrically in the plasma membrane. Carbohydrates play critical roles in certain types of cells, such as red blood cells. They permit red blood cells to slide past ...

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Asymmetric distribution of cell membrane constituents give cell membranes their functional capabilities.