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Why do phospholipids produce bilayer in contact with water?

Why do phospholipids produce bilayer in contact with water?

Grade:12

2 Answers

Vikas TU
14149 Points
one year ago
Dear studnet 
When phospholipids are mixed with water, they spontaneously rearrange themselves to form the lowest free-energy configuration. This means that the hydrophobic regions find ways to remove themselves from water, while the hydrophilic regions interact with water. The resulting structure is called a lipid bilayer.
Vikas Amritiya
askIITians Faculty 200 Points
one year ago

In phospholipids, the two fatty acids are hydrophobic, or insoluble in water. But the phosphate group is hydrophilic, or soluble in water. When phospholipids are mixed with water, they spontaneously rearrange themselves to form the lowest free-energy configuration. This means that the hydrophobic regions find ways to remove themselves from water, while the hydrophilic regions interact with water. The resulting structure is called a lipid bilayer.

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