Loading...

Components of a Micelle

15,053 views

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Oct 9, 2008

In this video we see what makes up a micelle. A micelle is the formation of
phospholipids forming a compartment. Phospholipids are thought to make up protobionts
which are believed to be a pre-courser to all living things. Protobionts are made up of
micelles. A phospholipid is made up of a phosphate head which is hydrophilic, and a
hydrocarbon tail which is hydrophobic. The hydrocarbon tails are made up of fatty acid
tails consisting of saturated and unsaturated fats. Micelles are important to life
because they demonstrate compartmentalization which is a pre-requisite for life. Through
compartmentalization the cell contains membranes which can perform and carry out
different activities and functions, for example maintaining homeostasis. The example in
the video of a micelle is showing how detergent molecules work to make grease soluble in
water. The phosphate head is soluble in water, while the hydrocarbon tails are soluble in
the grease, allowing the soap to wipe off the grease with the water. Micelles are made up
of phospholipids which form a compartment within the micelle. Compartments are very
important because they are a pre-requisite for life.

Loading...

When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...