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Ionophore

Definition

noun, plural: ionophores

(1) Any molecule or compounds that is lipid-soluble yet allows ions to bind to, shield, and help move across the lipid membrane

(2) Any of the group of compounds that form a hydrophilic channel for ions to pass through and thereby help prevent exposing the ions to the hydrophobic interior of a lipid membrane


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Ionophores occur naturally and synthetically. They are produced synthetically as a drug that improves the permeability of the cell membranes to particular ions. They may be a mobile ion carrier or a channel former to facilitate ion transport across the lipid bilayer.


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WHAT IS IONOPHORE

is it possible to build desired ion containing ionophore ?

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How could DNF break ETS?

... http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~bioslabs/studies/mitochondria/mitopoisons.html The compound 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) acts as a proton ionophore, that is, it binds protons on one side of a membrane, and being fat-soluble it drifts to the opposite side where it loses the protons. Actually, ...

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