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Lipids - Diverse Hydrophobic Molecules. 1. Fats store large amounts of energy Phospholipids are major components of cell membranes 3. Steroids include cholesterol and certain hormones. Objectives. Explain what distinguishes lipids from other classes of biological macromolecules

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Lipids - Diverse Hydrophobic Molecules

1. Fats store large amounts of energy

Phospholipids are major components

of cell membranes

3. Steroids include cholesterol and certain hormones


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Objectives

  • Explain what distinguishes lipids from other classes of biological macromolecules

  • Describe the unique properties, building blocks and biological roles of fats, phospholipids and steroids


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Introduction

  • Lipids are an exception among macromolecules because they do not have polymers.

  • The unifying feature of lipids is that they all have little or no affinity for water.

    • This is because their structures are dominated by nonpolar covalent bonds. Explain how this leads to little or no affinity for water?

  • Lipids are highly diverse in form and function.

    • Form follows function


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1. Fats store large amounts of energy

  • Although fats are not strictly polymers, they are large molecules assembled from smaller molecules by dehydration reactions.

  • A fat is constructed from two kinds of smaller molecules, glycerol and fatty acids.


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  • The many nonpolar C-H bonds in the long hydrocarbon skeleton make fats hydrophobic.

  • In a fat, three fatty acids are joined to glycerol by an ester linkage, creating a triacylglycerol.


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Saturated vs Unsaturated the molecule is an

  • Fats with saturated fatty acids are saturated fats.

    • Most animal fats

    • solid at room temperature.

      • Straight chains allow many hydrogen bonds

    • A diet rich in saturated fats may contribute to cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis) through plaque deposits.

  • Fats with unsaturated fatty acids are unsaturated fats.

    • Plant and fish fats, known as oils

    • Liquid are room temperature.

      • The kinks provided by the double bonds prevent the molecules from packing tightly together.


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  • The the molecule is an major function of fats is energy storage.

    • 1 gram of fat stores more than twice as much energy as a gram of a polysaccharide.

    • Plants use starch for energy storage when mobility is not a concern but use oilswhen dispersal and packing is important, as in seeds.

    • Humans and other mammals store fats as long-term energy reserves in adipose cells.

  • Fat cushions vital organs.

  • Fats also are insulation.

    • This subcutaneous layer is especially thick in whales, seals, and most other marine mammals.


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2. Phospholipids are major components of cell membranes the molecule is an

  • Phospholipids have two fatty acids attached to glycerol and a phosphate group at the third position.

    • The phosphate group carries a negative charge.

    • Additional smaller groups may be attached to the phosphate group.


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  • When phospholipids are added to water, they self-assemble into aggregates with the hydrophobic tails pointing toward the center and the hydrophilic heads on the outside.

    • This type of structure is called a micelle.

      Hmm, why do you suppose it does this?

      What structure is this similar to?


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  • At the surface of a cell phospholipids are arranged as a bilayer.

    • the hydrophilic heads are on the outside in contact with the aqueous solution and the hydrophobic tails form the core.

    • The phospholipid bilayer forms a barrier between the cell and the external environment.

  • They are the major component of cell membranes.


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3. Steroids include cholesterol and certain hormones bilayer.

  • Steroids are lipids with a carbon skeleton consisting of four fused carbon rings.

    • Different steroids are created by varying functional groups attached to the rings.


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  • Cholesterol, an important steroid, is a component in animal cell membranes.

  • Cholesterol is also the precursor from which all other steroids are synthesized.

    • Many of these other steroids are hormones, including the vertebrate sex hormones.

    • Also includes pheromones

  • While cholesterol is an essential molecule, high levels of cholesterol in the blood may contribute to cardiovascular disease.


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Objectives cell membranes.

  • Explain what distinguishes lipids from other classes of biological macromolecules

  • Describe the unique properties, building blocks and biological roles of fats, phospholipids and steroids


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