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World J Hepatol. Feb 27, 2012; 4(2): 18-34
Published online Feb 27, 2012. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v4.i2.18
Figure 3
Figure 3 Formation of molecular structures in the system containing bile acids, lecithin and cholesterol. Cholesterol-supersaturated vesicles can stick together and agglomerate to form multilayer (liposomal) liquid-crystal structures. When gallbladder contractility is decreased, liposomes may be converted to solid cholesterol monocrystals. BA: Bile acids; L: Lecithin; Ch: Cholesterol.