Crystal and Molecular Structure of a Phospholipid Component: L-α-Glycerophosphorylcholine Cadmium Chloride Trihydrate

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Science  19 Nov 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3699, pp. 1035-1036
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3699.1035


The structure of L-α-glycerophosphorylcholine cadmium chloride trihydrate has been determined by the conventional, single-crystal, x-ray diffraction technique. The phospholipid component displays the characteristic gauche conformation for the choline residue and the gauche-gauche conformation for the glycerol moiety. Therefore, a possible model for the structures of phospholipids is similar to that proposed by Finean.