What gives the plasma membrane the ability to self-reassemble?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    It doesn't self-reassemble, but if it did, then it would be because of water's affinity for water;  water's affinity for the polar heads;  and water's non-affinity for the hydrophobic tales.

    A phospholipid bilayer membrane is one stable structure that can occur when attempting to mix membrane phospholipids with water.

    Other stable structures would include micelles, and a monolayer at the water-air interface with the hydrophobic tails sticking up in the air.  So, hey, shenanigans.

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