Asked Dec 31, 2019

Why are phospholipids, but not triacylglycerols, found in cell membranes?


Expert Answer

Step 1

The phospholipids can be described as the type of the lipid that have the phosphate groups in the molecule. The triacylglycerols can be defined as the type of the simplest lipid that are made up of the three fatty acids which are attached to the glycerol.

Step 2

The substances are said to be amphipathic if they have both hydrophobic and hydrophilic parts. The phospholipids are found in the cell membrane because they are amphipathic. The triacylglycerols are not found in the cell membrane because they are not amphipathic. The phospholipids are the absolutely important f...

Want to see the full answer?

See Solution

Check out a sample Q&A here.

Want to see this answer and more?

Solutions are written by subject experts who are available 24/7. Questions are typically answered within 1 hour.*

See Solution
*Response times may vary by subject and question.
Tagged in




Related Chemistry Q&A

Find answers to questions asked by student like you
Show more Q&A

Q: Identify the carbon atoms that give rise to the signals in the 13C NMR spectrum of each compound.a. ...

A: a)14ppm – sp3 carbon present next to H19ppm – sp3 carbon present next to H35ppm – sp3 carbon present...


Q: What is the bond order of NO- ion?

A: The bond order of  NO- ion is calculated as,


Q: Which one of the following is strongest oxidising agent a  Cu+ b   Cu^2+ c   Ag+

A: A species that oxidizes other chemical species in a reaction and itself undergoes reduction is said ...


Q: What is EDTA?

A: EDTA-stands for ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid.It is a polyprotic acid which contains four carboxy...


Q: what is the maximum number of hydrogen bonds that a molecule of water can have?

A: Intermolecular hydrogen bonding:The bond that exists between hydrogen atom of one molecule and an el...


Q: Explain why methyl vinyl ether (CH2 = CHOCH3) is not a reactive dienophile in the Diels–Alder reacti...

A: Diels-alder reaction is a cycloaddition reaction in which two molecules combine to form a new ring. ...


Q: Assign the E or Z configuration to the double bonds in neoprene. Draw a stereoisomer of neoprene in ...

A: The Structure for neoprene is as follows,


Q: Reaction of (CH3)3CH with Cl2 forms two products: (CH3)2CHCH2Cl (63%) and (CH3)3CCl (37%). Why is th...

A: The reaction via which one halogen group is added to the compound is termed as halogenation reaction...


Q: Explain each statement.a. The pKa of p-nitrophenol is lower than the pKa of phenol (7.2 vs. 10).b. T...

A: Option (a): The acidity of a compound depends on the stability of the conjugate base. P-nitrophenol ...