Temperature effects on Membranes of cells

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Temperature affects how much the phospholipids in the bilayer can move, which in turn affect the membrane structure.

1. Temperatures below 0 degrees

The phospholipids do not have very much energy, meaning that they don't move around a lot. They are packed closely together and the membrane is more rigid. The channel proteins and carrier proteins in the membrane denature and this increases the permeability of the membrane  - ice may also


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