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membrane proteins

Tuesday 16 September 2003


Most eukaryotic membrane proteins are integrated into the lipid bilayer during their synthesis at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Their integration occurs with the help of a protein-conducting channel formed by the heterotrimeric Sec61 membrane-protein complex.

The crystal structure of an archaeal homolog of the complex suggests mechanisms that enable the channel to open across the membrane and to release laterally hydrophobic transmembrane segments of nascent membrane proteins into lipid.


- receptors

- channels

  • ABC transporters
  • organic solute transporters
  • inorganic solute transporters
  • ion channels
  • primary pumps (ATPases)


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