Ligands

Ligands

a molecule that binds to another molecule, used especially to refer to a small molecule that binds specifically to a larger molecule, e.g., an antigen binding to an antibody, a hormone or neurotransmitter binding to a receptor, or a substrate or allosteric effector binding to an enzyme. Ligands are also molecules that donate or accept a pair of electrons to form a coordinate covalent bond with the central metal atom of a coordination complex.

Retrieved from "http://www.biology-online.org/bodict/index.php?title=Ligands&oldid=37230"
First | Previous (Ligand gated ion channels) | Next (Ligase) | Last
Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page.