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Is CoQ a membrane stabilizer?

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Coenzyme Q10 is an essential lipid in aerobic respiratory metabolism and a membrane antioxidant. A new function is revealed for CoQ; as a membrane-stabilizing agent that enhances resistance of bacterial cell and liposome membranes to salt stress.

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Figure 1: Osmotic stress response and membrane stability.

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Clarke, C., Rowat, A. & Gober, J. Is CoQ a membrane stabilizer?. Nat Chem Biol 10, 242–243 (2014) doi:10.1038/nchembio.1478

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