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i•on•o•phoreaɪˈɒn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr(n.)

  1. any of a group of lipid-soluble substances that can transport an ion through a cell membrane.

    Category: Biochemistry

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  1. ionophore(Noun)

    any substance that can transfer ions from a hydrophilic medium (such as water) to a hydrophobic medium, or across a biological membrane, normally by forming a complex with it; an ion carrier


  1. Ionophore

    An ionophore is a lipid-soluble molecule usually synthesized by microorganisms to transport ions across the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane. The two broad classifications of ionophores are: ⁕Chemical compounds that bind to a particular ion, shielding its charge from the surrounding environment, and thus facilitating its crossing of the hydrophobic interior of the lipid membrane ⁕Channel formers that introduce a hydrophilic pore into the membrane, allowing ions to pass through while avoiding contact with the membrane's hydrophobic interior


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