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

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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.

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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...

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