Armed with this knowledge of lipids, as well as carbohydrates and proteins, we can now explore the structure of plasma membranes, specifically in the context of the fluid-mosaic model . Phospholipids have a hydrophilic (water loving) head , and hydrophobic (water repelling) tails . This results in the formation of a phospholipid bilayer (double layer), which forms the basis for the plasma membrane.
The name of fluid-mosaic model comes from:
Fluid = the arrangement of proteins contained in the membrane is always changing
Mosaic = the proteins present are spread around in a…