membrane channel

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membrane channel

A transmembrane protein complex which allows water (aquaporin) and inorganic ions (ion channels) to passively diffuse across the membrane bilayer down an electrochemical gradient.
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In the auditory system, the charge in the scolopale space drives ions, or electrically charged atoms, through membrane channels in the sensory endings that open briefly in response to activation by sounds.
2+] entry into cells by interacting with plasma membrane channels that mediate SOCE (3).
Scientists are studying neurotoxins to understand the membrane channels that facilitate the transmission of nerve signals.
3, which normally assembles into some of the membrane channels that control the flow of potassium ions in and out of cells and thereby regulate how readily nerve cells respond to stimuli.
Charles Stevens, Professor of Neurobiology and Howard Hughes Investigator at the Salk Institute, has contributed richly to our understanding of membrane channels, synapse formation, neurotransmitter release, and synaptic plasticity.

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