Mycoplasma Membrane Lipids: Variations in Fatty Acid Composition

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Science  25 Apr 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3878, pp. 433-434
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3878.433


The fatty acid composition of the membrane polar lipids of Mycoplasma laidlawii B can be dramatically altered. These variations reslut in characteristic morphological chlanges, and in most cases the cells remain viable. This organism should provide a useful system for clarifying the role of fatty acyl chains in biological membranes.

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