Unit membrane model, Biology

Unit Membrane Model

Lamellar model was supported by Robertson. According to Robertson -

  • All biomembrane have similar structure (like PM), on the basis of this observation put forward the concept of Unit membrane.
  • According to unit membrane concept - all biomembranes from prokaryotes to eukaryotes have similar trilamellar structure.

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  • A unit membrane has a thickness of 75Å. (nuclear membrane thicker than 75Å) and made of 2 or more layer.
  • Each of 2 electron dense surface layers is 20Å thick, it is formed of extend or b-protein molecules.
  • Outer protein layer consists of mucoprotein. Inner protein layer consists of non-mucoprotein.
  • Central electron transparent layer is 35Å thick, which is c/o bimolecular layer of phospholipids.
  • Drawback of unit membrane model - This model also doesn't explain permeability & elasticity of PM.
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