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Answer to Question #81804 in Cell Biology for Lauren

Question #81804
The ________ the phospholipid bilayer prevent hydrophilic substances from passing straight through the plasma membrane.
a. hydrophobic heads surrounding
b. hydrophobic tails in the center of
c. physical size limitations of
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b. hydrophobic tails in the center of

Hydrophobic tails of phospholipids localized in two layers of the bilipid membrane interact in the center of the membrane and prevent the water-soluble (hydrophilic) substances from passing through the membrane.

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