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Ionophores are lipid soluble molecules that increase the permeability of an ion across a biological membrane. They 'shield' the ion, enabling it to transverse hydrophobic biological membranes. There are two types; mobile ion carriers and channel-forming ionophores.
Ionophores are lipid soluble molecules that increase the permeability of a given ion across a biological membrane. They create a shield over the ion, enabling it to transverse hydrophobic biological membranes.
There are two types of ionophores; mobile ion carriers, which are small molecules that physically shield the ion from the surrounding environment and facilitate its movement across the plasma membrane, and channel-forming ionophores, which create a pore in the biological membrane to allow the ion to pass through. These molecules can act to disrupt transmembrane ion concentrations and often have antibiotic properties.
Tocris offers the following scientific literature for Ionophores to showcase our products. We invite you to request* your copy today!
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