Membrane lipid composition influences the localisation of membrane proteins and regulates their activity. Cell membranes contain hundreds of chemically distinct lipid species that form lipid domains that impact membrane protein localisation and function. The composition of the cell membrane is tightly controlled in normal cellular function. There is now considerable evidence that altered cell homeostasis, ranging from inflammatory processes to cancer, cause alterations in metabolic pathways which impact membrane lipid distributions, cell biophysical properties and membrane protein function. This may have downstream impacts on the uptake and efficacy of a range of pharmaceuticals used to treat dysfunction. This project will examine how changes in lipid membrane composition in cancer and other disease states impacts drug uptake. This knowledge will provide a means specifically target a given cell type through the design of cell-specific carriers systems for drug delivery. 

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