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Plasma membrane



The cell’s outer membrane made up of a two layers of phospholipids with embedded proteins. It separates the contents of the cell from its outside environment, and it regulates what enters and exits the cell.


In animals the plasma membrane is the outermost covering of the cell whereas in plants, fungi, and some bacteria it is located beneath the [[cell wall].

Word origin: plasma: from Greek, from plassein, to mold.

Synonym: cell membrane, plasmalemma.
See also: fluid mosaic model.

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Multicellular prokaryote

... makes perfect sense. Here, another question arises. Does absence of endomembrane system have to mean that it can't be multicellular?? Since prokaryotes have lot of unevenings in their plasma membrane(invaginations and outgrowths)and because of their small size, they ...

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Topic: Multicellular prokaryote
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In looking at simulations of resting membrane changes to a neuron in low Na+ ECF solution, I see that the membrane potential ... the case? The cell body and axon are part of the same neuron and share the same plasma membrane ... and therefore, the intracellular readings should always be the ...

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Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:43 pm
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Topic: Intracellular membrane potential of cell and axon
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Re: Can you explain the Ras recruitment system?

... which interacts with a certain switch which is already fused to the plasma membrane. My questions are: 1) is the cdc25-2 yRAS mutant already attached to the plasma membrane, ...

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Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:33 am
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Topic: Can you explain the Ras recruitment system?
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