Osmotic stress: Is CoQ a membrane stabilizer?

March 18th, 2014 by Catherine F Clarke

Nature Chemical Biology 10, 242 (2014). doi:10.1038/nchembio.1478

Authors: Catherine F Clarke, Amy C Rowat & James W Gober

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.