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8. Lipid analysis

The infrared spectrum of lipids contains a wealth of information on lipid composition (head group and chain length/unsaturation) as well as on membrane physical state (chain ordering, phase transition). Furthermore, linear dichroism measures the orientation of different molecule parts with respect to the membrane supporting internal reflection element. Some of these features can be observed in complex systems such as cells.




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