This book presents a comprehensive and coherent picture of how molecules diffuse across a liquid that is, on average, only two molecules thick. It begins by characterizing bilayers structurally, using X-ray diffraction, and then mechanically by measuring elastic moduli and mechanisms of failure. Emphasis is placed on the stability and mechanical properties of plant membranes that are subject to very large osmotic and thermal stresses. Using this information, the transport of molecules of increasing complexity across bilayers is analyzed.

chapter 1|19 pages

Determination of the Structure of Fluid Lipid Bilayer Membranes

ByStephen H. White, Michael C. Wiener

chapter 2|28 pages

Water and Membranes

BySiewert-Jan Marrink, Max Berkowitz

chapter 3|28 pages

Cohesion and Permeability of Lipid Bilayer Vesicles

ByDavid Needham

chapter 4|28 pages

Freeze-Induced Destabilization of Cellular Membranes and Lipid Bilayers

ByPeter L. Steponkus, Matsuo Uemura, Murray S. Webb

chapter 5|17 pages

Permeability Alteration by Transmembrane Electric Fields

ByArthur E. Sowers

chapter 6|14 pages

A Molecular Mechanism for the Transport of Water Across Phospholipid Bilayers

ByThomas H. Haines, Larry S. Liebovitch

chapter 7|24 pages

Permeability of Lipid Bilayers Near the Phase Transition

Byole G. Mouritsen, Kent Jørgensen, Thomas Hønger

chapter 8|17 pages

Proton Permeation of Lipid Bilayers

ByDavid W. Deamer, Alexander G. Volkov

chapter 10|44 pages

Permeability of Lipophilic Ions Across Lipid Bilayers

ByPavel Smejtek

chapter 11|18 pages

Fatty Acid Transport Across Membranes

ByAlan M. Kleinfeld

chapter 12|18 pages

Propagation of Protons at the Water Membrane Interface Microscopic Evaluation of a Macroscopic Process

ByMenachem Gutman, Esther Nachliel, Yossi Tsfadia