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What is the purpose of cholesterol in the cell membrane?

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What is the purpose of cholesterol in the cell membrane?

Cell Membranes:

Cell membranes keep the various parts of cells together and also protect the cell. They are made of proteins and lipids, specifically phospholipids. Another lipid they can include is cholesterol.

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Cholesterol helps provide support for the cell membrane, which is important for maintaining the integrity of the cell. It also allows other lipids to...

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The Cell: Structure & Function

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The cell is a small, but complex structure. Take a look inside the outer plasma membrane of a cell and discover the functions of some common cellular components, including the nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus and mitochondria, in this lesson.


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